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Fugitive who escaped maximum-security prison, stabbed officer multiple times, is caught


Authorities in South Carolina authorities captured a fugitive who escaped a maximum-security prison and was also suspected in the stabbing of a police officer.

47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson was captured late Thursday morning in the town of Lexington, South Carolina.

Williamson, who was supposed to be serving a life sentence, escaped around 8:50 Wednesday evening from McCormick Correctional Institution, according to South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Dexter Lee.

According to WSOCTV, authorities have declined to release details concerning how exactly Williamson was able to escape the maximum-security prison.

Later that evening, a female police officer responding to a shoplifting call was stabbed inside of a Columbia Wal-Mart, a crime that authorities are currently connecting Williamson to.

Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons reported that Officer Ashley Hardesty was stabbed multiple times in the upper body, but is currently recovering from her injuries.

Williamson began serving a life sentence for a 1997 armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill. Authorities say he will not be returning to McCormick Correctional Institution.
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