McCORMICK, SC (WCSC) - Three correctional officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Monday evening after an assault by inmates of the McCormick Correctional Institution, according to the state's Department of Corrections.
The three officers were assaulted some time between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during meal time, according to South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesperson Stephanie Givens.
They were taken to area hospitals. The exact nature of the injuries is not clear because the investigation is ongoing, Givens said.
The situation was brought under control quickly, Givens said.
"We deploy a rapid response system each time an incident happens to guarantee there is sufficient staff to handle the inmates," Givens said.
Because the assault happened during meal service, she said it was necessary to make sure there was sufficient support staff available so that all inmates could be fed.
Givens stressed the incident was an isolated assault on officers and not a prison riot.
"The facility was secure at all times," Givens said. "There was no threat to the public."
McCormick Correctional is a high-security institution that primarily houses violent offenders with longer sentences, and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems, according to the Department of Corrections website.
The facility opened in 1987.