Three corrections officers were injured during a disturbance Tuesday night at a maximum-security state prison in Dorchester County.
Emergency crews were called to Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville about 9:30 pm. A Department of Corrections spokesperson said in a statement that the lockdown at the maximum security prison was lifted around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
The statement said three officers were treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police scanners on Tuesday night indicated one of the officers was airlifted to MUSC with stab wounds.
State prison officials are not releasing much information about what they’re calling a disturbance at the prison. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said the injuries were not life threatening.
“Three correctional officers were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries,” Givens said.
One of the officers is still in the hospital while the two others have been released. Givens said five inmates were also injured. Givens went on to add that the incident never caused the public any danger.
“There was no threat or danger to the community throughout the incident, it was contained the entire time,” Givens said. “I think it was at about 3:05 (a.m.) when the prison was fully secure and everything was back to normal.”
An inmate was fatally stabbed at Lieber back in March. Investigators did not release any information at that time about who killed Christopher Gale, 30. Gale was serving a 36-year-sentence for murder and armed robbery charges.
Lieber Correctional is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses violent offenders with longer sentences. It also houses the state’s Death Row, although there are no indications that wing was involved in Tuesday’s disturbance.