Officials: Hostage Situation at State Prison Ends

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By Alicia Barnes
By News Department

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (WOLO/AP) - Inmates at a maximum security prison in South Carolina used illegal cell phones to guide rescuers to a guard who was being held hostage in the facility.

After a nearly 5-hour standoff, officials say the correctional officer walked out on his own around 9:45 pm, Thursday night.

Officials say he suffered cuts and bruises.

The correctional officer was airlifted to an area hospital as a safety precaution.

The ordeal began around 5 p.m. in what a Corrections Department spokesperson is calling the Chesterfield Dorm.

That's located at the south end of the facility. It houses about 100 inmates.

Officials were notified within minutes of the situation.

Emergency teams responded and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was brought in as well.

They're still trying to figure out why the hostage situation happened.

Back in June, a guard was taken hostage for about six hours at the same prison.

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