Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer from Minneapolis found guilty of killing George Floyd, has been seriously wounded in a stabbing incident at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. This information was relayed by a source to The Associated Press, who chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The incident occurred at the medium-security prison known for its challenges with security and understaffing. Although the prison’s officials confirmed an assault at the facility around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, they did not reveal the identity of the victim. The assaulted inmate received emergency medical care at the scene before being transferred to a hospital.
There were no staff injuries reported, and the FBI has been informed of the incident. The prison, currently holding about 380 inmates, has temporarily halted visitations.
Attempts to contact Chauvin’s legal team and the FBI for comments have been made. This stabbing marks the second notable attack on a federal inmate in recent months, following the assault on former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Florida penitentiary.
Additionally, this event marks the second significant disturbance at the Tucson facility within a year. In a previous incident, an inmate attempted to shoot a visitor with a gun, which malfunctioned.
Chauvin, 47, was transferred to the Tucson prison in August 2022, where he began serving a 21-year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights, along with a concurrent 22½-year state sentence for second-degree murder. His lawyer, Eric Nelson, had previously expressed concerns about Chauvin’s safety among the general prison population. In Minnesota, Chauvin was primarily held in solitary confinement for his protection.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed Chauvin’s appeal of his murder conviction. Separately, Chauvin is challenging his federal guilty plea, citing new evidence.
Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, which occurred after Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for over nine minutes, ignited global protests and a widespread movement against police brutality and racism. Three other officers present at the scene have received state and federal sentences for their involvement in Floyd’s death.