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Lexington County deputies assisting with investigation after CPD officer stabbed at Wal-Mart

St. Andrews, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington County deputies are assisting the Columbia Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the SC Law Enforcement Division, and the SC Department of Corrections with an investigation after a Columbia police officer was stabbed multiple times Wednesday night. The incident took place at a Wal-Mart on Bush River Road between I-20 and I-26 in the St. Andrews area.

Officers now believe the man wanted in the stabbing of the officer may be an SCDC inmate who escaped from the McCormick Correctional Institute earlier Wednesday. That inmate, Michael Alan Williamson, was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill.

Officials believe that Williams travelled to Columbia shortly after his escape. They have not released any information about how he travelled after leaving the prison or who, if anyone, may have helped him with his escape.

Columbia police officials say one of their officers had responded to the Wal-Mart on Bush River Road after receiving reports of a shoplifting incident after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. The female officer was questioning the suspect regarding the incident when she was stabbed repeatedly with a knife. The suspect then ran from the scene.

The injured officer chased the suspect as other officers responded to provide assistance. She was transported to a local medical center and is recovering from her injuries, according to a spokesman for the police department. The unidentified officer doesn’t appear to have life threatening injuries.

Images on the store’s surveillance cameras have helped officer identify Williams as the assailant. He is described as a white male with a slim-build. He is approximately six feet tall and may be wearing a black coat, black hat, and black jacket. Officials stress that Williams should be considered armed and dangerous and say he should not be approached.

The SCDC is offering a reward for Williamson's capture. Anyone who has information regarding his whereabouts should call 877-349–2130 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Richland County deputy arrested, charged with domestic violence after an incident with his wife in Lexington County

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A Richland County deputy has been charged with third degree domestic violence by Lexington County deputies.

According to an arrest warrant, Lexington County deputies responded to the home of William Carlson, 32, on Dec. 7 in the Red Bank area following an altercation with his wife. The warrant alleges that Carlson shoved his wife in the back following a disagreement causing her to fall against a coffee table. She injured her leg in the fall.

The reporting deputies said that the victim, Carlson’s wife of 7 months, had red marks on her face and abrasions on her neck. She also had an injury to her shin that was consistent with the altercation she described.

Carlson’s wife said after he shoved her, he put her in a head lock. He then forced her to the ground.

Responding officers determined Carlson was the primary aggressor in an argument that turned physical with his wife. Those deputies arrested Carlson without incident following their preliminary investigation.

Carlson’s was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center. His bond was set at $5,000.

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