Seven inmates dead, 17 injured in SC prison fighting

'Ongoing incident' reported at dangerous South Carolina prison

The SCDC says no staff members or officers were injured.

Deadly prison riots have been relatively rare in the United States, despite some notable exceptions.

A coroner says it appears numerous seven inmates who were killed during hours of rioting at a maximum security SC prison died of stabbing and slashing wounds. There were more than 20,400 inmates held in SC facilities a year ago, down from a peak of 24,040 inmates held in 2010, state records show.

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The South Carolina Corrections Department said on Twitter that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight on Sunday to the situation at Lee Correctional Institution.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

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

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Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the number of inmates held in state prisons has declined in recent years after peaking almost a decade ago.

Last month, inmates reportedly overpowered an officer for more than an hour and took control of one side of a housing unit.

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