FIVE inmates escaped and a guard was locked in a cell at a prison in South Carolina, officials said on Sunday night.
The “hostage” incident happened at McCormick Correctional Institution just before 6pm.
“An officer at McCormick Correctional Institution was locked in a cell tonight by inmates,” a spokesperson from South Carolina Department of Corrections said in a statement to The Sun.
Lt. Moore at McCormick first confirmed a hostage situation to WHNS.
The McCormick Police Department confirmed in a statement around 9pm that there was “an incident at the prison.”
South Carolina police said “CDC employees kept them inside the fence.”
“Locking them down now,” McCormick police added.
McCormick County Emergency Services also released a statement on the incidents.
“There is a situation occurring at McCormick Corrections. It is a SCDC Facility,” Emergency Management said.
“Local and State Law Enforcement has a perimeter established around the institution.
“All issues are inside the facility.”
SCDC said after the guard was locked in a cell that “five inmates were caught near an interior prison yard fence about 6 p.m., but no one escaped.”
Police Chief Willis told WRDW that all inmates have been accounted for.
SCDC said the facility is secure and the incident is over.
The department of corrections spokesperson said that no staff were injured in the breakout.
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Two inmates were taken to a nearby hospital with “non-life threatening injuries,” SCDC said.
McCormick Mayor Roy Smith told WFXG that he believes the community is safe.
The department of corrections and other officials are investigating the incident.