Man found stabbed to death outside South Nashville gas station

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are searching for the man who stabbed and killed a suspected robber Monday morning outside of a South Nashville gas station.

Officers responded around 7 a.m. to the Mapco on East Thompson Lane and Murfreesboro Pike where they said they located the body of 43-year-old Leonard McKnight.

According to police spokesperson Don Aaron, a man bought coffee for McKnight, who then demanded more. McKnight reportedly punched the man, took his wallet and ran.

Aaron said the man chased after McKnight, grabbed a “sharp instrument” from him and stabbed McKnight to death. Witnesses described the “sharp instrument” involved as an ice pick.

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Police explained the man who stabbed and killed McKnight was in his mid 20s and had long hair on the top and short hair on the sides. He was wearing a black jacket, khaki pants and tan shoes.

It is not clear if the man will face charges, but police want to locate him. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts should contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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