Police said the suspect, a career criminal named Kiet Than Ly, walked into the Smith’s Marketplace at 455 East and 500 South and purchased a knife.
“The individual, for reasons that we don’t know, went into the Smith’s and bought a knife, came outside and attacked at least two people,” said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis.
Distraught witnesses told FOX 13 they heard shouting in the parking lot and saw Ly, armed with a knife.
“I wasn’t sure what was going on but as I saw a man walk away, there was lots of shouting and he had a knife in his hand,” said one man, who did not give his name.“Apparently, the person who tried to get in the passenger side of the Subaru was a victim.”
Police said Ly threatened to harm others with the knife, until a 47-year-old man with a concealed weapons permit pulled a handgun and ordered the suspect to the ground.
“When he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol and challenged the individual and turned him down on the ground,” said Purvis.“He was subdued before any officers arrived.”
The man held Ly at gunpoint until officers arrived and took him into custody.
“Obviously, this was a really volatile situation that could have gotten even worse. We can only assume, judging from what we saw it could have gotten a lot worse,” Purvis said.“He was definitely in the right place at the right time.”