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Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33
Knoxville, Tennessee
April 07, 2020

Agencies: Knox County Sheriff's Office Tennessee | Tennessee Bureau of Investigation TBI

Last updated: 3 months ago

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33-year-old Idris Abdus-Salaam, a truck driver from North Carolina was identified as the man who fatally stabbed three women and wounded a fourth at a Tennessee truck stop this morning, before a deputy shot and killed him after he refused to drop his knife.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday afternoon identified the suspect in the stabbings at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike off Interstate 40 as 33-year-old Idris Abdus-Salaam, from Durham, North Carolina. 

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 7am at the truck stop to find a woman with stab wounds outside the store and a man armed with a knife in the parking lot, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. 

Witnesses identified Abdus-Salaam as the suspect and he refused deputies’ demands to drop the weapon, the bureau said.