Guard rescued after being taken hostage at SC prison


South Carolina Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsome

says officers rescued a guard taken hostage by inmates and regained control of the building at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The officer has been taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Newsome says a nurse escorted by a guard was passing out

medicine around 9 p.m. Tuesday when some inmates overpowered the

guard. Newsome did not know how many inmates were involved, but the

unit houses as many as 130 inmates in the high security prison.

He says about 100 officers blew open a door and rescued the

guard after discussions with the inmates failed to resolve the


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