Police arrest

An inmate escaped from a South Carolina prison Wednesday evening and is now wanted for questioning in an attack on a police officer at a Walmart.

Michael Alan Williamson escaped from McCormick Correctional Institution around 8:50 p.m. and is believed to have traveled to Columbia, where he is now being sought by police in the stabbing of an officer who was responding to a shoplifting call at the store.

Officials said they were unsure how Williamson was able to escape the medium/maximum-level prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a 1998 armed robbery conviction. He was also convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill in 1997.

Police believe Williamson went to Columbia, where he visited a local Walmart around 9:30 p.m. Around 10 p.m., a female police officer was stabbed at the store in connection with a shoplifting. The officer is in stable condition after the attack, police said.

Police are offering rewards for information on Williamson’s whereabouts.

Source: UPI/GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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