SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) has announced the arrest of a third suspect who is the alleged shooter in the murder of 41-year-old Deliford Knight.
The agency released a statement on Tuesday revealing the arrest of 18-year-old Nogolweit “Nunu” Kug.
A statement from SLCPD Chief Mike Brown regarding this arrest reads as follows:
“Our homicide detectives have dedicated more than 100 hours to this case,” said Chief Mike Brown. “Although we have made these three key arrests, our investigation is still very much ongoing. Because of the commitment of our homicide detectives, patrol officers and specialty units, we now have a better understanding of what unfolded on Saturday afternoon. I want to reassure everyone who lives in, works in and visit Salt Lake City that our police department is unwavering in our mission to help keep our community safe.”
ORIGINAL STORY: SLCPD releases photos of alleged shooter, makes second arrest in Salt Palace homicide case
UPDATE: 9/5/22 6:48 P.M.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Police Department has made a second arrest, as well as released the identity and two photos of a third suspect who is believed to be the shooter in a homicide that left 41-year-old Deliford Knight deceased.
21-year-old Joshua Riak was arrested Monday as part of the ongoing investigation. Detectives arrested Riak following a traffic stop on Modesto Avenue, just west of Modesto Park in Salt Lake City.
Riak and Deng Buk, who was arrested Sunday, allegedly “aided and abetted” 18-year-old Nogolweit “Nunu” Kug in the shooting of Knight.
Riak will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on the following charges:
- One Count, Murder
- One Count, Aggravated Robbery
Knight, along with friends, had flown to Salt Lake City from Florida to attend a sneaker convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center before he was killed.
It is alleged one of the suspects lost money to Knight and became angry. The three suspects then reportedly followed Knight out onto West Temple and started fighting with Knight, assaulting him and trying to get back the lost money.
At some point, Kug, “while in the presence of Buk and Riak,” took out a gun and shot Knight. It is further alleged Kug and another suspect took items out of Knight’s pockets, including a cell phone and cash. The suspects all left the area.
Detectives believe Kug may have left Utah, but his location and method of travel is unknown.
Kug should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his location should call 9-1-1 immediately.
See below for photos of Kug:
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: 9/4/22 2:11 P.M.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) has released new information regarding a shooting outside the Salt Palace Convention Center that left one person dead.
SLCPD announced the arrest of 22-year-old Deng Buk Sunday as part of the ongoing murder investigation, however, police say there are still other people wanted as part of the investigation, including the shooter.
Police have also released the identity of the victim as 41-year-old Deliford Knight.
The investigation started at 3:19 p.m. Saturday, when SLCPD responded to a shooting near 150 South West Temple Street.
With the assistance of SLCPD’s SWAT Team, homicide detectives arrested Buk while executing a court-authorized search warrant in Salt Lake City.
Buk will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on one count of Murder and one count of Aggravated Robbery, according to police.
Detectives have confirmed the victim, Deliford Knight, and his friends had flown to Salt Lake City from Florida to attend a sneaker convention at the Salt Palace.
Knight and his friends have reportedly travelled to similar conventions in different states, where they “engaged in betting matches to defraud people out of money,” according to a press release.
It is alleged that one of the suspects lost money to Knight and became angry, then following Knight out onto West Temple.
Police say that at some point, a person who was with Buk took out a gun and shot Knight.
Additionally, the shooter and another suspect allegedly took items out of Knight’s pockets, including a cell phone and cash, before leaving the area.
Knight was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call (801) 799-3000.
No further information on this case is being released at this time.