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Police: Escaped inmate accused of stabbing officer captured

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Officer Ashley Hardesty (Source: Columbia Police Department) Officer Ashley Hardesty (Source: Columbia Police Department)
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MCCORMICK, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Columbia police said an inmate that escaped from McCormick Correctional Institution and is accused of stabbing an officer has been captured.

The agency says 47-year-old Michael Allen Williamson was serving a life sentence from Greenville County for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill.

It's not clear how Williamson was able to escape. He has a tattoo on his left arm with Harley wings with a heart in it. He also has a scar on his left elbow.

Reports came in around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening that a female officer had been stabbed a WalMart on Bush River Road in Columbia while trying to arrest a suspect.

Columbia police believe the inmate traveled to Columbia after escaping the McCormick Correctional Institution.

According to prison records, Williamson has been in prison since 1997. Though records show he has several infractions, this is the first escape on the inmate's file.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Columbia police announced that Williamson had been captured on the 4300 block of Sunset Blvd.

Williamson is accused of stabbing 26-year-old Columbia police officer Ashley Hardesty. Hardesty was responding to a shoplifting call at the Bush River Road WalMart Wednesday night when she was stabbed multiple times in the upper body by a suspect.

According to Columbia police, Hardesty, who has been on the force since July 2015, is recovering well at home from her injuries.

The South Carolina Detention Center Director said Williamson will not return to McCormick Correctional Institution.

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