Several inmates killed at SC prison after hours of fighting

The S.C. Department of Corrections said early Monday morning that an incident involving "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" in three housing units at the prison began around 7:15 p.m.

The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders.

Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee Correctional Institution is the largest.

The Department of Corrections said that all corrections and law enforcement officers are safe and that the fights were over by 3 a.m. Monday.

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The Lee County Fire Department tweeted out photos of multiple crews at Lee Correctional. After the dorm was brought back under control by law enforcement, the officer was seen by medical staff at the institution and released.

No additional details were immediately provided on the cause of the incident at the prison. An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017, another was stabbed to death in November, and a third was killed in February.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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