Authorities think escaped inmate stabbed police officer

A massive manhunt is underway for Michael Williamson, who they say escaped from the McCormick Correction Institute and traveled 90 minutes to Columbia, where he's accused of stabbing a female officer multiple times inside the Walmart. Investigators have not directly linked Williamson to the officer's stabbing, but say he is wanted for questioning in connection with that incident. Columbia Police say the officer is recovering.

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According to correctional records, Williamson was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 for armed robbery and was also convicted in 1997 of assault and battery with intent to kill.

"I am pleased that our officers were able to arrest this unsafe felon and bring to a close the extensive search that had been going on since last night", Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said Thursday evening. She was released from the hospital Thursday morning. She tried to question Williamson and he ran, Lexington Police Maj.

Surveillance footage from inside the Walmart taken at 9.27pm showed a man police said was Williamson.

'SDDC has escape warrants for Williamson's arrest.

It's not clear why he chose Wednesday as the day to escape.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says they're not sure how Williamson escaped from the prison. McCormick is a Level 3 facility, the highest in the state. An inmate last escaped from the facility in 1988.

Law enforcement officials are working overnight to find an escaped inmate in McCormick County.

"It was a routine - if there's ever such a thing as a routine call - shoplifting call that our officers, especially out in this area, respond to hundreds of times a year", he said.

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"She demonstrated so much courage yesterday", said Holbrook, who called his officer just before talking to reporters to tell her Williams was recaptured. Holbrook said she's resting comfortably and is very upbeat. "She's ready to get right back in the fight".