Police and prison guards in South Carolina stormed a high-security prison block early Wednesday morning, freeing a prison guard who had been held hostage by inmates.
After a standoff lasting more than six hours inside the prison’s most secure unit, the guard was rescued unharmed. Guards regained control of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., the State newspaper of Columbia reported.
The guard had been forced to wear an inmate’s uniform, but other guards recognized him. The inmates did not resist, and no prisoner attempted to escape from the unit, the newspaper reported.
The guard apparently suffered a head injury that was not considered serious and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No inmates were reported injured.