Man booked in fatal stabbing of Maverik clerk


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – One man has been booked, and another is in police custody, after a deadly stabbing in a Salt Lake City gas station Wednesday morning.

Salt Lake City Police say around 3:30 a.m.a fight broke out at the gas station located at 1300 South Main Street.

“I just know there were people obviously working at the store at the time,” says Detective Michael Ruff with Salt Lake City Police Department.

During that fight, police say a knife was used to attack two people.

Maverik Vice President David Hancock tells ABC4 News Jason Nguyen, “It is with great sadness that Maverik had a valued member of our team killed last night at our store. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

The man’s has not been identified as detectives notify his family.

Police say a second man was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now stable.

Wednesday afternoon, police booked 21-year-old Tukka Gonne into custody.

Tukka Gonne, 21 (April 2019)

A quick look into his booking records show misdemeanor crimes like failure to stop for an officer, assault and intoxication.

Employees who work at the gas station tell ABC4 News they take security seriously and they are all hurt learning the news about their friends.

Hancock tells ABC4 the fight happened outside the Maverick and it is customary to bring victims inside the store when injured.

“It’s the most traumatic thing that can happen to anyone, to lose a child or an employee,” said Jerry Kihlstrom, a convenience store owner interviewed by ABC 4.

“This is one of those senseless things that doesn’t need to happen,” added Kihlstrom.

He advises employees who are dealing with people who won’t leave — especially late at night — to call police.

“Don’t confront them, you don’t want that. I encourage them to just call police,” said Kihlstrom.

“If you feel uncomfortable, you can’t go do your job, or take the trash out, or do your normal cleaning, because you’re nervous. The police are there to protect and serve,” he added.

Salt Lake City says that’s where the man died after they tried to preform life saving measures.

Several witnesses spoke with police about what happened. Officers say the stabbing occurred inside the doors of the gas station.

As the sun came up, the crime scene expanded outside the gas station with evidence markers highlighting several items along the Northeast side of the store.

Detectives say another person is in custody and they are looking for other possible suspects.

“Maverik Human Resources is providing assistance to teammates who may be feeling overwhelmed, and grief counselors are available for additional help through our employee assistance program (EAP),” adds Hancock.

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