MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy has been stabbed to death with his own knife by an inmate at a Georgia jail.
Another law officer was injured but later released from a hospital.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Deputy Christopher Knight was stabbed in the neck and died shortly before dawn Tuesday.
Authorities say the stabbing happened at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center early Tuesday morning.
Authorities say inmate Albert Booze grabbed the knife as he was being placed on a suicide watch after saying he wanted to harm himself.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s assistance with the case. According to WMGT, GBI Special Agent in Charge Todd Crosby said several deputies were walking Booze to an observation cell around 2:30 a.m.
A fight broke out between Booze and the deputies, Crosby said, and Booze was able to get the knife and stab the deputies.
“These deputies come to work every day knowing that they have a duty to perform and that there are dangers inherited in what they do and our hearts go out to them,” said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.
Gov. Brian Kemp released the following statement on Knight’s death: “Please join my family in praying for Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Knight’s family, loved ones, and fellow officers and in showing appreciation for his service and commitment to keeping Georgians safe.”
Davis said Knight had been with the sheriff’s office since 2018. The deputy had just turned 30 and leaves behind a 2-year-old child.