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Ex-FBI informant and inmate charged in stabbing of ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin

Chauvin himself was convicted of murdering George Floyd in 2020 in an episode that kicked off months of violent riots and protests for racial justice.

Published: December 1, 2023 6:48pm

Updated: December 1, 2023 9:09pm

The inmate and ex-FBI informant who allegedly stabbed ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in prison was charged with attempted murder on Friday.

U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona announced the charges against inmate John Turscak, including assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault resulting in a serious bodily injury.

"Turscak stabbed another inmate, D.C., who had previously been convicted of federal crimes in another district, approximately 22 times with an improvised knife," the press release stated, while appearing to use Chauvin's initials. Multiple news outlets identified Chauvin as Turscak's alleged victim.

Prosecutors have indicated that Turscak was an FBI informant in 1997 and reported on the members of a gang to which he belonged, but that the agency terminated its relationship with him for dealing drugs and other illegal activities, Fox News reported.

The incident occurred last week at the Federal Correctional Institution Tucson, Ariz.

Chauvin himself was convicted of murdering George Floyd in 2020 in an episode that kicked off months of violent riots and protests for racial justice.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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