Sheriff's deputies often work in prison facilities and may need to move prisoners around. Usually, the process goes smoothly. However, every now and then, officers come up against a situation where it does not go by the book.
Moving the Prisoner
Bibb County Sheriff Deputy Christopher Wilson Knight was in the middle of transferring an inmate to a new cell. According to WMAZ, the inmate, 22-year-old Albert Booze, has recently been moved to a different cell block due to some "disciplinary issues."
The inmate began to threaten to harm himself. BCSO then decided to move him to suicide watch.
Several BCSO deputies were moving the inmate, who was in handcuffs, to the prison's observation portion. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Todd Crosby, Booze allegedly began to fight with the officers.
Investigators believe that during the scuffle, Booze took Deputy Knight's knife and stabbed him. Another deputy, 32-year-old Jerome Michael Williams,
According to WGXA, Deputy Williams went to the hospital to be treated for his wounds. He has since been released.
Deputy Knight was taken to Atrium Health Navicent and died from his injuries an hour later.
Police Community Offering Condolences
Many in the law enforcement community are deeply saddened by this tragic event.
“We’re here on a sad morning for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. We’ve lost a fine deputy in the jail and had another one injured. There are dangers inherent in what they do, and our hearts go out to them. We are proud of their service. We are saddened and shocked by the death of Deputy Knight and the injury of Deputy Williams.”Sheriff Davis
Deputy Knight had just turned 30 and began serving BCSO in 2018. He is survived by his two-year-old daughter, mom, and ex-wife.
While those in law enforcement know that there are risks associated with their jobs, they still choose to show up and give it their all every day. Every time we lose an officer in the line of duty, it is heartbreaking for everyone involved.
Deputy Knight leaves behind a little girl who will only remember her father through stories and photographs, but she will forever know that he was a hero.