Man stabbed to death in E. Knoxville

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A man was stabbed to death early Tuesday morning in an East Knoxville apartment, bringing the number of homicides in the city limits this year to 20.

Police didn’t release any information about the victim other than to say he was an adult male who was found in a second-floor apartment at 128 North Bertrand Street about 5:30 a.m., according to Knoxville Police Department officials.

KPD officers were responding to a report that someone had been assaulted and stabbed. Although both ambulance crews and firefighters tried to save the victim’s life, he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Investigators from the department’s Violent Crimes Unit were working the case but no suspect information was available as of late Tuesday.  

Tuesday’s slaying was Knoxville’s 20th recorded homicide thus far in 2022. 

The city’s homicide rate this year has been far lower than in 2021, when there were 27 killings as of the first week in August, records show. 

Last year, Knoxville had between 43 and 45 slayings, depending on how the numbers are compiled. Either way, it was the highest number of homicides in the city’s recorded history. 

Published on August 3, 2022.