Injured Victim in Fatal Stabbings at Knoxville Pilot is Released from Hospital, Suspect and Victims Identified

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says one of the victims in the stabbing at a Knoxville Pilot is released from the hospital.

TBI identified the three deceased victims as 57-year-old Joyce Whaley, 51-year-old Patricia Denise Nibbe and 41-year-old Nettie R. Spencer, all employees of Pilot. The deceased suspect was identified as 33-year-old Idris Abdus-Salaam, a North Carolina truck driver.

According to the TBI, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the incident at the Strawberry Plains Pike location around 7 am on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers observed at least one person with stab wounds and a man identified by witnesses as the suspect armed with a knife in the Pilot parking lot.

According to officials, officers confronted the suspect and when he refused to drop the weapon, one of the officers fired shots, striking the man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam released a statement regarding the incident.

“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.”

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