Detention Officer Alvin Sherman Glenn

Detention Officer Alvin Sherman Glenn

Richland County Detention Center, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 17, 2000

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Alvin Sherman Glenn

Officer Alvin Glenn was beaten and strangled after being attacked by three inmates during an escape attempt at the county jail.

The incident occurred when he was locking prisoners back in their cells. Officer Glenn was overpowered by three inmates. The inmates handcuffed, beat, and then strangled him. The inmates then made their way to the roof of the jail, but were injured when they jumped to the ground. All three were taken into custody before they made their escape. Officer Glenn was the only guard overseeing 64 inmates in the medium security area.

The inmate found to be responsible for Officer Glenn's death was serving a life sentence for murder. On July 26, 2006, he was convicted of murdering Officer Glenn and received another life sentence.

Officer Glenn had been employed with the Richland County Detention Center for 5 years. The Richland County Detention Center was renamed the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in his honor.

Officer Glenn is survived by four children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 3, 2019

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