Authorities searching for escaped inmate from SC prison

Courtesy: South Carolina Department of Corrections

(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.

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Williamson is pictured on the left in a photo from the S.C. Dept. of Corrections. Surveillance video, right, shows the man suspected of stabbing a Columbia police Officer.

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.