December 4, 2023
TUCSON, Az. (AP)–Derek Chauvin (pictured) was stabbed in prison 22 times by a former gang leader and one-time FBI informant who told investigators he targeted the ex-Minneapolis police officer because of his notoriety for killing George Floyd.
John Turscak was charged with attempted murder a week after the Nov. 24 attack at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. He told correctional officers he would have killed Chauvin had they not responded so quickly.
Turscak, who is serving a 30-year sentence for crimes committed while a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, told investigators he thought about attacking Chauvin for a month because he is a high-profile inmate but denied wanting to kill him.
Turscak is accused of attacking Chauvin with an improvised knife in the prison law library on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Correctional officers used pepper spray to subdue Turscak.