Basketball game dispute leads to stabbing at West Jordan gymnasium, police say

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A man was arrested in western Jordan on Friday after police said he got into an argument during a basketball game, then pulled out a knife and stabbed two people. (TheCorgi, Shutterstock)

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WEST JORDAN — A Utah man was arrested on Friday after police say he got into an argument while playing basketball and stabbed two people, including one who was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Kirby Zou, 30, was taken to Salt Lake County Jail for investigation on two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of assault.

Zou was playing basketball at Vasa Fitness, 7836 S. Redwood, when he and another man got into an argument about the game.

While they were arguing, Zou threw a basketball at the victim’s head, according to a police affidavit. The two were separated and the victim was talking to other people at the gym about the incident when Zou allegedly came up behind them and attempted to punch the victim.

“The suspect missed the victim and struck the witness in the right eye. The suspect and victim were again separated, but the suspect then grabbed another basketball and threw it again at the head. of the first victim,” the affidavit reads.

Gym members said they separated the two several times before Zou grabbed a folding pocket knife from his gym bag and stabbed the victim in the arm, according to the affidavit. He was hospitalized with “serious” injuries, police said.

“Witnesses said it appeared the suspect also attempted to stab the victim in the face during the altercation. Witnesses attempted to separate the suspect and victim again. As the witnesses separated them, the suspect cut another victim” on the finger, the arrest report says.

“When speaking with the suspect, the suspect stated that he stabbed the victim in self-defense,” the investigator wrote.

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Brian West is News Director at KSL.com, managing daily news coverage. He has had a long career in the media, working in radio, newspaper, television and internet publications.

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