KNOXVILLE, TENN. — A truck driver from Durham was shot and killed after law enforcement said he stabbed four women, killing three of them, before officers killed him Tuesday morning in Tennessee.
Idris Abdus-Salaam of Durham was identified as the man who stabbed and killed Joyce Whaley, Patricia Denise Nibble and Nettie R. Spencer. A fourth victim, a customer who has not been identified, remains hospitalized.
Investigators say just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident at the Pilot Travel Center along Strawberry Plains Pike. Officers found one person with stab wounds outside 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.
Three of the four who were stabbed were pronounced dead at the scene with the fourth victim rushed to a local hospital.