Inmate Who Stabbed Derek Chauvin Charged With Attempted Murder

FILE - In this image taken from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin addresses the court at the Hennepin County Courthouse, June 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, was stabbed by another inmate and seriously injured Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at a federal prison in Arizona, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)
Derek Chauvin (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)

OAN’s Abril Elfi 
9:40 AM – Sunday, December 3, 2023

The man who stabbed Derek Chauvin nearly two dozen times in prison has been charged with attempted murder.


On Friday, John Turscak was charged with attempted murder for stabbing Chauvin, a former Minneapolis officer convicted in George Floyd’s killing, 22 times on November 24th at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. 

According to the FBI, Turscak carried out the attack due to his reputation for killing George Floyd, and he informed the correctional officers that if they hadn’t acted so quickly, he would have killed Chauvin.

The prosecution stated that because Chauvin is a well-known prisoner, Turscak, who is serving a 30-year sentence for crimes committed while a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, told investigators he considered attacking him for a month.

Turscak is charged with assaulting Chauvin on Black Friday at 12:30 p.m. with a homemade knife in the prison law library. 

According to the Bureau of Prisons, Turscak was subdued by correctional officers using pepper spray and staff members carried out “life-saving measures.” 

Chauvin was then taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Turscak claimed to FBI agents during his post-attack interview that he attacked Chauvin on Black Friday to symbolize the Black Lives Matter movement and the Mexican Mafia’s “Black Hand” symbol, according to the prosecution.

Turscak, 52, is accused of attempted murder, as well as assault with the intent to kill, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault causing serious bodily harm. 

The maximum sentence for both attempted murder and assault with the intent to kill is 20 years in prison. 

Turscak’s current sentence is set to expire in 2026.

According to authorities, Chauvin is now in stable condition. 

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