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    7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

    The perimeter fence at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C.
    Sean Rayford/Associated Press/File
    The perimeter fence at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C.

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prisons spokesman says seven 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.

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    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.