When two men went at it in the parking lot of an East Topeka Walmart, one armed with a bat and the other with a knife, a concealed carrier stepped in and shut the altercation down, possibly saving one of the brawler’s lives.

According to this story from, a verbal altercation started between two men, who reportedly knew each other, that turned into a physical fight at about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday near the north entrance of the store.

One man swung a bat at a second man, who pulled a knife. Then the two scuffled, with one of the fighters coming away with a stab wound to the arm, police said in the story.

That’s when a third, otherwise uninvolved man, pulled his concealed handgun and ordered the men to to put down their weapons and stop fighting. He essentially held them at bay for a few moments until several off-duty Topeka police officers working security for the store intervened.

The story says the unidentified third man, who was questioned and released, was carrying the pistol legally.

In Kansas, as of July 1, 2015, state residents in Kansas may carry a concealed firearm without a permit, though a permitting process does exist for those who wish to obtain one. Open carry is also permitted without a permit.