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Two inmates apparently shot Sunday at Allendale Correctional Institution

Dean Ford (SCDC) Dean Ford (SCDC)
George Brown (SCDC) George Brown (SCDC)

(Fairfax) April 20, 2004 - Authorities at Allendale Correctional Institution report two inmates were found with "apparent gunshot wounds" Sunday afternoon at the facility.

According to an Allendale release, inmates Dean Ford and George Brown were taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital for treatment after Ford approached corrections staff to ask for assistance.

Investigators say Ford was treated and released back to the facility. Brown remains in the care of the hospital. The hospital would not provide Brown's condition.

Corrections investigators do not know who shot the men or what kind of weapon was used. Allendale Correctional Institution is on lock-down as the investigation continues. Department director Jon Ozmint refused further comment Monday.

Ford, 28, is serving a three year sentence that began last August for failure to stop for an officer. In 1994 Brown, 34, began serving a 20-year sentence for assault and battery with intent to kill.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections web site reports Allendale Correctional Institution opened in 1989. The Level 3 facility is on Highway 47 in Fairfax and is lead by Warden George Hagan.

SCDC says, "Level 3 facilities are high security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences. Single and double cell housing have close staff supervision and controlled movement. The highly secured double-fenced perimeter has armed coverage and electronic security."

updated 8:20am by Chris Rees

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