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Idris Abdus Salaam was a truck driver from North Carolina. On Tuesday morning he stabbed three female employees and one customer at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike.
Three of the women were killed and the fourth is currently being treated at a hospital.
Police received a report of a stabbing just shortly before 7 am on Tuesday. When police arrived on the scene they noticed an individual with stab wounds outside the store.
The suspect was identified by witnesses outside of the store. The suspect still had the knife in his possession and refused to put the knife down.
At some point during the encounter an officer fired a single shot, taking the suspect down. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Jimmy Haslam the CEO for Pilot made a statement confirming that all three of the women who died were employees.
“Today is a difficult day for the Pilot Company family. We are devastated to confirm the loss of three team members and the injury of a guest after an act of violence at our Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, location this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of the victims. We are providing support and counseling to the families and our team. We are working closely with local authorities. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.”
– Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation into the officer involved shooting.
“Historically, our policy has been for KPD to investigate any KCSO officer-involved shooting and KCSO to investigate any KPD officer-involved shooting. TBI has always investigated all in-custody deaths of inmates for our jurisdiction. Recently, in order to have uniform consistency in the investigation of these incidents, Chief Thomas, Sheriff Spangler, and I have discussed using the TBI for all officer-involved shootings. We have decided to follow the majority of our colleagues across the state, and I will now request that TBI conduct all of our officer-involved shootings for both KPD and KCSO.”
– Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen
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