SLED investigating after inmate found dead inside cell

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death of an inmate in the Lancaster County Detention Center.

Deputies said that correctional officers were serving breakfast to inmates between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. Sunday when an inmate in one of the cell blocks reported that another inmate was unresponsive.

Correctional officers responded along with the detention center nurse and found a 56-year-old inmate sitting on his bunk with his back to the wall and a ligature around his neck. He was pronounced dead by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

The sheriff’s office said the cell block was then cleared of other inmates and secured.

“We are saddened by the loss of this life within our detention center, and our thoughts and prayers are with the inmate’s family,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “SLED and the coroner will conduct a thorough investigation of this matter, and additional information concerning the incident must come from SLED.”

Authorities said the inmate’s identity will not been released at this point. The circumstances of his death will be investigated by SLED, which deputies said is standard procedure when an inmate dies in a local detention facility.

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