KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Investigators have identified the suspect in a West Knoxville stabbing that forced nearby schools to be put on a soft lockdown on Thursday.
The stabbing occurred at the Days Inn just before 9:30 a.m. according to the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was taken to the hospital. No information yet on the condition of that person.
Darrell Adam Paul, 34, was charged with attempted second-degree murder. He is being held on a 25,000 appearance bond.
Deputies were searching for the suspect Thursday in areas near Park West Boulevard, just off Interstate 40, and northward.
The Sheriff’s Office said Paul will be transported to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility for booking.
A sheriff’s helicopter and K-9 units were used to search the areas along and including North Cedar Bluff Road.
Cedar Bluff Elementary and Middle schools, as well as the preschool, along with Christian Academy of Knoxville, were put on “soft lockdown,” meaning the doors are locked. Students are able to move around inside the building but no one is admitted into the school. That lockdown has been lifted.
This story has been updated.