BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina corrections officials say an officer who was taken hostage by inmates at a maximum-security prison in Lee County has been freed.
Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom said the male officer was freed at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday by armed officers who rushed the dorm at the Lee Correctional Institution where he had been held since around 5 p.m. The prison houses nearly 1,800 inmates.
Newsom said the officer had sustained injuries to his head and arm but walked out on his own before being airlifted to a hospital for treatment and observation.
Newsom says authorities were trying to determine exactly what happened.
The incident was contained to just one dorm, which houses about 100 inmates. The rest of the prison remained on lockdown late Thursday.
A guard was taken hostage for about six hours at the same prison in June.
SC inmates with illegal phones guide guard rescue
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Inmates at a maximum security prison in South Carolina used illegal cell phones to guide rescuers to a guard who was being held hostage in the facility.
A guard at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville was rescued shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, nearly five hours after the correctional officer was taken hostage.
Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom says the officer suffered cuts and bruises but was able to walk out of the prison. The officer's name was not released. He was taken to a local hospital to be examined.
Newsom says a group of inmates using homemade knives forced the guard into a broom closet.
Newsom told The State newspaper (http://bit.ly/QL8nLm) one or more inmates using illegal cell phones told officers where the guard was being held.