2 officers hurt in SC prison riot after trying to retrieve illegal cellphone

TRENTON, SC (WSPA)– Two corrections officers are recovering after an attack by inmates at a prison in Edgefield County.

A riot started just before midnight at Trenton Correctional Institute.

Bryan Stirling, director of the S.C. Department of Corrections, says officers noticed an inmate with a cellphone and were assaulted by other inmates as they tried to retrieve the cellphone.

The six officers had to take cover in rooms while inmates took over two separate dorms.

SWAT teams rescued the officers early Thursday morning.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division was able to regain control by 5 a.m.

The inmates had started several fires in the yard and Stirling says there is significant damage to the dorms.  Some inmates will be moved, but Stirling says that other inmates will have to stay in the damaged dorms.

Stirling pushed for the federal government to do more to block contraband cell phones and prevent similar incidents.

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