(WSPA) — Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who could be the suspect in the stabbing of an officer at a Walmart store.
According to the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), Michael Alan Williamson escaped from McCormick Correctional Institution Wednesday and traveled to Columbia.
Williamson is serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill. That case was in Greenville County in 1998.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook and SCDOC Director Bryan Stirling are investigating if Williamson is the suspect who stabbed a police officer at a Walmart store in Columbia.
Authorities say the female officer was stabbed several times while responding to a shoplifting call just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Columbia Police say the officer is recovering.
Prison officials said in a news release that Williamson escaped from the maximum security prison around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.
He is 47 years old and described as being 5 foot 11 inches tall, with a stocky build.
Williamson has red hair, green eyes and a tattoo on his left arm of Harley wings with a heart. He also has a scar on his left elbow.
There is a reward for his capture. Call 1-888-CRIME-SC if you have information.