State police called to 'ongoing situation' at SC jail

7 inmates dead 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

Razor wire protects a perimeter of the Lee Correctional Institution in this file

Seven prison inmates were killed and 17 injured in an hours-long series of events involving multiple fights between inmates at a prison in SC, the state Corrections Department said on Twitter.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon said State Law Enforcement Division agents were required to help secure Lee Correctional Institution at 3am local time on Monday (8am in the UK). Another 17 inmates were injured at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville.

Taillon said multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

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No officers were wounded, he said.

These deaths at Lee are the most in any SC prison in recent years.

Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

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