ARLINGTON, Tennessee (AP) -- A knife-wielding grocery store employee attacked eight co-workers Friday, seriously injuring five before a witness pulled a gun and stopped him, police said.
Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim "like something in a serial killer movie."
"When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground," Cope told The Associated Press. "He saw my gun and that was pretty much it."
Higgins said police were pulling into the parking lot as Cope was confronting the attacker.
"We commend him," Higgins said. "But we don't encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt."
Um. Seriously? I think I'd rather that pulling firearms to keep knife-wielding loonies from slashing folks be encouraged. After all, I guess there's a chance Higgins could have been hurt, but overall, fewer people were hurt because he chose to act.