A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, is seen in this image from Google Maps. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units, SCDC says. No police officers or prison employees were injured, the department said.
Of South Carolina's nine all-male, maximum-security prisons, Lee Correctional Institution is the largest. Aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.
According to tweets from the Department of Corrections, all staff and responding law enforcement are safe and accounted for.
"It's not a SC problem, it is a national problem", Stirling said.
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The prison, which opened 25 years ago and holds about 1,300 of some of South Carolina's most violent offenders, is no stranger to violence.
Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.
Authorities responded to an "ongoing incident" at Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, S.C.
In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.