A handcuffed inmate stabbed two sheriff’s deputies inside a Georgia jail — killing one with his own knife, authorities said.
Albert Dewitt Booze, 22, attacked the deputies early Tuesday as he was being moved to suicide watch after saying he wanted to harm himself at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center in Macon, sheriff officials said.
“Several deputies escorted Booze to an observation cell,” according to a statement by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “Booze was able to obtain a knife from one of the deputies and used the knife to kill the deputy.”
Deputy Christopher Knight, 30, was stabbed in the neck during the attack and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
A second deputy, Jerome Michael Williams, 32, was also wounded, but has since been released from a hospital after being treated for his injuries.
“These are sometimes dangerous people that we deal with, and they’re sometimes unpredictable and tragic things can happen,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told reporters Tuesday. “These deputies come to work every day knowing that they have a duty to perform and that there are dangers inherent in what they do and our hearts go out to them.”
Davis said Booze was handcuffed during the stabbing, WGXA reported.
Investigators are now working to find out how Booze obtained the knife, although deputies can carry them because they need to occasionally cut materials like bedsheets to save inmates during suicide attempts. It’s unclear why Knight had a knife at the time, WGXA reported.
Booze, of Macon, has been held in the jail since November on charges of criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing and giving a false name to law enforcement. He had been moved to a new cell on Monday due to a disciplinary infraction, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
GBI investigators are now conducting a criminal probe into Knight’s fatal stabbing. The case will be sent to a prosecutor once the review is complete, sheriff officials said.
A separate internal investigation will also look into whether the “actions taken” during the incident were in line with sheriff office policy, department officials said.
Knight had been employed with the sheriff’s office since 2018. He’s survived by his ex-wife and a 2-year-old daughter, WGXA reported.
With Post wires