Off-duty Chicago cop praised for response to scissors attack in Utah

An off-duty Chicago police officer who had just finished eating breakfast Saturday morning at a pancake restaurant near Provo, Utah, may have saved the life of a man who was attacked in the parking lot by a mentally ill man wielding fabric scissors, police said.

Police in Orem, about 5 miles north of Provo, said a man from Boise, Idaho, and his girlfriend, who is from Provo, were saying goodbye when Sergio W. Weffer, 33, of Salt Lake City approached them. Weffer then began stabbing the man, slashing him in the face, neck and arm, police said.

The Chicago officer, who had been in Utah at a law enforcement conference, pulled his firearm and ordered the man to stop. Weffer moved to stab the man again and the officer shot him and held him until Orem police arrived.

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