In yet another extreme case of domestic violence this week, Maria Flor Salvador, 41, was stabbed this morning at her Wildgrove Drive residence. She is in critical condition at VUMC. Detectives have been unable to interview her due to the severity of her injuries. Her husband, Eric Lopez, 53, is believed to be responsible and is also hospitalized as a result of self-inflicted stab wounds to his abdomen.
South Precinct officers were dispatched to the home at 7:31 a.m. after neighbors heard someone screaming outside and found Salvador lying in the driveway. The neighbors then saw Lopez sitting in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Ram pickup truck parked in the driveway. The neighbors backed away and called 911. When officers arrived, they worked with paramedics to get the victim into an ambulance and away from the scene while Lopez made motions with a large knife while seated in the pickup truck. While officers attempted to persuade Lopez to exit the truck, he began to stab himself. He then put the truck into gear and attempted to flee. The vehicle struck an unoccupied police car and an occupied citizen’s vehicle at the intersection of Wildgrove Drive and Sunnyvale Drive before spinning out into a neighboring yard.
As officers deployed spike strips to prevent any further flight by Lopez, he got out of the truck with knife in hand and began walking toward officers. A Taser was deployed to disable Lopez and he was taken into custody.
Detectives were told by a relative of the victim that she and Lopez had been engaged in a continuing domestic dispute for the past two weeks. It is believed that this morning’s violence occurred as Salvador left the residence to go to work. The couple’s four children were asleep when their mother was stabbed. They were in bed when officers entered the home to check on them.
Criminal charges related to the stabbing of Salvador are pending. Arrest warrants have been issued charging Lopez, for now, with aggravated assault on an officer, for advancing on police with the knife and felony reckless endangerment for crashing into the citizen’s car. He will be arrested upon his discharge from the hospital.