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7 inmates dead, 17 injured amid fights at South Carolina max security prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina prisons spokesman says 7 inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.
  
Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday.
  
Taillon said multiple inmate fights that broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.
  
Taillon said no officers were wounded.
  
The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another in February.


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