Officer stable after stabbing attack

Allen (left), Mahdi (right)

RIDGEVILLE -- A state Department of Corrections officer at Lieber Correctional Institute early Wednesday was in stable condition after being stabbed by two Death Row inmates.

About 9 a.m., the officer was monitoring the pair near an outdoor, fenced recreational area when they began stabbing him repeatedly with a makeshift weapon.

The officer, who was not identified, was able to get away from the inmates and get back inside the dormitory. The inmates followed. Other officers assigned to the unit used what was described as "chemical munitions" to subdue them.

The wounded officer was transported to Medical University of South Carolina and remains there. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.

The two inmates involved in the attack were identified as: Quincy Jovan Allen, 30, convicted of murder in Richland County. He was committed to the Department of Corrections in March 2005. Also, Mikal Mahdi, 26, convicted of murder in Calhoun County, and committed in July 2004.

Allen and Mahdi have been moved to special management cells reserved for disorderly inmates.

Inmate movements at Lieber have been restricted while investigations continue by the Department of Corrections and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.