A Bibb County Deputy has died at the hands of an inmate, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The GBI was asked by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to assist in a death investigation where Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Wilson Knight was killed. Knight was assigned to the Corrections Division of the Bibb County Jail.
According to the GBI, the preliminary investigation reveals that in the early morning hours of April 5, Bibb County Jail Inmate Albert Booze was causing disciplinary problems in his assigned cell block of the Bibb County Jail. Booze was removed from his cell block and moved to a cell in the “Lock Back” Unit for inmates causing disciplinary issues.
During an inmate check of the cell in the “Lock Back” Unit, deputies observed Booze overflowing the toilet in the cell and splashing water from the toilet on deputies as they were conducting their check. At some point during the contact with Booze, he indicated he wanted to commit suicide. Other deputies were requested to assist in removing Booze from the cell. Booze was handcuffed in the front by deputies and walked to another cell for observation at about 2:26 a.m.
After arriving at the observation cell, deputies removed the handcuffs from Booze and a fight ensued between deputies and Booze. During the fight, GBI officials say Booze was able gain access to Knight’s knife and stabbed him. Knight was transported by ambulance to Atrium Health Navicent Hospital and later died due to his injuries.
Knight was 30 years old.
Deputy Jerome Michael Williams, age 32, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the fight. Deputy Williams was treated and released from the hospital.
The GBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Knight’s death and injuries caused to Deputy Williams during the fight with Booze.
Knight’s body was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur for autopsy.
On Wednesday, April 7, the GBI obtained arrest warrants for Albert Dewitt Booze for the following charges: two counts Participation in Criminal Gang Activity, one count Felony Murder, one count Malice Murder, four counts Aggravated Assault, one count Aggravated Battery, two counts Possession of a weapon During the Commission of a Crime. Booze is currently being housed at the Jones County Jail.
At the completion of the investigation, the GBI case file will be turned over to the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
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