LEE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Multiple law enforcement crews are at the United States Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia after reports of a fight inside the prison.
News Channel 11’s Kylie McGivern reports Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons confirmed his officers were on their way to the prison. Parsons said prison officials have called for “as many rescue squads as we can get.”
Virginia State Police say four people have been taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Two of the four who were taken by ambulance were admitted to Holston Valley Medical Center. News Channel 11’s Lauren Haviland observed two ambulances, one from Lee County and another from Jonesville, Va. arriving at the emergency entrance of the Kingsport medical center. Wellmont spokesperson Jim Wozniak told News Channel 11 that there are 4 patients from Lee County Penitentiary at Holston Valley.
Wozniak told us the injuries to three of the four are “not very serious”. The condition of the 4th has not been released.
USP Lee is a high security men’s prison operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It’s located in the Lee County Industrial Park. It is home to almost 1,700 inmates.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons describe it as a high security penitentiary with an adjacent minimum security lockup.
According to the the prison website, 1,577 of those inmates are in the prison with 107 in the camp.