Sheriff’s deputies said they’ve recaptured an “extremely dangerous” murder suspect who escaped from a South Carolina detention center Thursday, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Stephen Stinnette, 32, is accused of fatally shooting Jerry Johnson, 24, after a fight in 2018. Johnson’s body was found in a lake, Columbia’s WOLO-TV reported.
Stinnette, who has tattoos on his neck and the top of his head, escaped during a riot at the sheriff’s office detention center when an inmate set a mattress on fire Thursday night, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman told Greensboro, N.C.’s WFMY-TV.
It’s unclear exactly how he escaped.
Five people have been arrested in the murder, according to WOLO.