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SLCPD Homicide Detectives Arrest 3rd Suspect in Murder Investigation

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced the arrest of 18-year-old Nogolweit “Nunu” Kug for the alleged shooting death of 41-year-old Deliford Knight.

“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.”

This investigation started at 3:19 p.m. on Saturday September 3, 2022, when SLCPD responded to a shooting near 150 South West Temple Street.

At 4 p.m. on Tuesday September 6, 2022, members of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s SWAT Team safely arrested Kug after he arrived at the Public Safety Building in downtown to surrender.

Kug will be booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on one count of Murder and one count of Aggravated Robbery. It is alleged Kug is the person who shot and killed Knight.

As part of this investigation, detectives have arrested two other people.

Joshua Riak, 21, and Deng Buk, 22, are both accused of aiding and abetting Kug in the shooting death of Knight.

As previously released, detectives have confirmed Knight and his friends flew to Salt Lake City from Florida to attend a sneaker convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

According to information provided to detectives, Knight and his friends have traveled to similar conventions in different states where they engaged in betting matches to defraud people out of money.

It is alleged one of the suspects lost money to Knight and became angry. The suspects followed Knight out onto West Temple.

While on West Temple, the three suspects started fighting with Knight, assaulting him, and tried 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, after the shooting, Kug and another suspect took items out of Knight’s pockets, including a cell phone and cash. The suspects all left the area.

During this investigation, detectives learned Kug may have been planning to leave the state.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.