Law enforcement from Columbia, South Carolina are on alert, after a dangerous inmate escaped from a correctional facility on Wednesday. Th authorities believe that the inmate stabbed a police officer during his escape.
The South Carolina Department of Correction is currently investigating the disappearance of a Michael Allen Williamson, a 47-years old maximum-security inmate. According to Dexter Lee, an officer working at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the dangerous inmate escaped from the McCormick Correctional Institution on Wednesday, at around 8:50 pm
McCormick’s correctional officers discovered the inmate’s escape after he failed to show up for the roll call. Lee declared that the ex-convict is dangerous, and possibly carrying a weapon.
On the same evening, Lee said that a law enforcement officer from Columbia, South Carolina was stabbed by an unknown perpetrator in a Walmart. Given the fact that the Correctional Facility is located 80 miles from the Walmart, investigators believe that the attacker and the escaped inmate are one and the same person.
Columbia’s police department made an official statement explaining the incident which occurred at Walmart. During the same evening, a female police officer, whose name was not disclosed for safety reasons, responded to a 911 call.
The person who initiated the call said that a person was trying to rob the local Walmart. Upon arriving at the location, the female police officer began her investigation. Moments later, the law enforcement officer was stabbed in the back by an unknown assailant who fled the scene before the paramedics arrived.
The female officer was rushed to the local hospital where she received treatment for her stab wound. Hospital’s spokespersons declared that the woman’s condition is stable and that the wound was not life-threatening.
At the moment, the investigators want to determine if the man who escaped the maximum-security detention facility is the same one with the assailant who injured the female police officers.
In the meantime, law enforcement authorities recommended citizens to exercise extreme caution if they spot the suspect. To this end, they have posted a description. Michael Allen Williamson has approximately 180 cm in height, short blonde hair, and mustache, and is 47-years old.
If you spot someone matching this description, contact the authorities at once. The suspect is armed and dangerous, and before his escape, he served a lifetime sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with the intent to kill.
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