UPDATE 11:35 a.m. April 7—————————————————————
Authorities in Tennessee have provided new information about a stabbing and officer involved shooting incident at a Pilot truck stop location in Knoxville.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation describes the incident in a press release:
Preliminary information indicates that just before 7:00 this morning, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident at the Pilot Travel Center along Strawberry Plains Pike.
Upon arrival, officers observed at least one person with stab wounds outside of the store. A man, armed with a knife and identified by witnesses as the suspect, was also observed in the parking lot. Officers confronted the individual who refused to drop the weapon. At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four victims were stabbed during the incident. Three were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation, as TBI Special Agents and Forensic Scientists work to gather any and all relevant interviews and evidence. As in any case, TBI’s investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for her consideration and review.
As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department.
Authorities are still working to determine the cause for the attacks.
Some of stabbing victims were reportedly Pilot employees.
Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam is on the scene and working with police.
Authorities are investigating after several people were reportedly stabbed and a suspect shot by police at a Knoxville truck stop on Tuesday morning.
Police were called to the Pilot Travel Center off I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, just before 7 a.m. on April 7.
According to local news outlet WATE, several people were stabbed at the truck stop location before the suspect was shot by a Knox County sheriff’s deputy.
At least one person was taken to the hospital.
The condition of the victims and suspect is currently unknown. The deputy who opened fire was not hurt.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the truck stop. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
HAPPENING NOW: TBI Agents are on the scene of a reported officer-involved shooting in the 7200 block of Strawberry Plains Pike in Knox County.
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) April 7, 2020
This is a developing story.