Crime

Dying from a stab wound, victim at convenience store drove in circles until help came

After a man was stabbed outside a convenience store near Frederickson late Monday, he attracted attention driving backward in circles before dying, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness called 911 just before midnight to report that two men had gotten in a fight in the 16100 block of Canyon Road East and one of them appeared to be unconscious.

Deputies arrived to find an 18-year-old man lying on the ground next to an Acura Integra in the store parking lot.

A plastic knife handle was found nearby.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities identified him as Edward Anthony Pilotte II.

Meanwhile, a woman who lived a mile or so away called 911 to report that her grandson had returned home and told her he had been in a fight at a gas station.

Deputies responded to the home and arrested a 20-year-old man. He was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

The men knew each other and had “an ongoing conflict,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

It’s unclear what the fight was about.

Witnesses said they saw the two men fighting and then watched Pilotte return to his car. The Acura then went in reverse, doing circles in the parking lot.

“The witnesses entered the vehicle to try to stop it, and they discovered the driver was injured,” according to the department.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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