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SC prison unit overtaken by inmates

SC prison unit overtaken by inmates”

All prison staff were safely accounted for, SCDOC officials said.

McCormick County Emergency said on Facebook the Department of Corrections off S.C. 378 east had a situation involving inmates attempting to escape a local prison.

The sheriff's office said there was also a fire at the SC prison, located 78 miles west of Columbia, SC. Starnes told The Associated Press firefighters were called, but have been asked to stay outside until it is safe.

- Following reports of a prison overtake, the South Carolina Department of Corrections issued a statement that it was an isolated incident, and never affected the entire prison.

McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Starnes said no inmates have escaped Wednesday from McCormick Correctional Institution and no injuries have been reported so far.

The perimeter around McCormick Correctional Institution is now secured, and more details are emerging about an attempted prison break.

SC officials all inmates have been contained following what an incident inside a maximum-security prison in McCormick County.

Check back for updates on this developing story.



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