Escaped inmate accused of stabbing police officer captured

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities have captured an escaped maximum-security inmate who's suspected of stabbing a police officer.

The suspect, Michael Allen Williamson, 47, was caught around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the 4300 block of Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, according to the Columbia Police Department.

He will not go back to the McCormick Correctional Institution, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Dexter Lee of the South Carolina Department of Corrections say Williamson escaped at around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday from McCormick Correctional Institution.

Later that night, Columbia police officials say a female officer responding to a shoplifting call was stabbed inside a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina, about 80 miles east of McCormick.

Lee says authorities think Williamson stabbed the officer but are still investigating. Police said in a news release that the officer is recovering from her injuries.

Williamson began serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill in 1997. Lee says authorities are still investigating how Williamson got out of the prison.