Lieber prison still locked down after last week's riot

RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - State correction officials are still investigating last week's inmate riot that put a Dorchester County prison on lockdown.

A spokesperson says Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville is still on lockdown and will remain that way for some time.

The prison is still being cleaned up from the riot.

Last week, two correctional officers were overpowered by some inmates who were able to take away the officer's keys and radios. The spokesman said it is believed that one officer was let go by the inmates.

More than 200 law enforcement officers were called in to guard the perimeter for 10 hours. The inmates were gassed for about an hour before riot police entered the building.

One officer was taken to the hospital for stitches Wednesday night and the second was treated at the scene. None of the injuries are life threatening.

Officials have not released any more details about the incident, including how the situation was resolved.

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