BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) -
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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