LAPD Officer Stops Knife-Wielding Attacker While Dining At Milk

07/08/2011 02:08 pm ET | Updated Sep 07, 2011

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Milk, a restaurant on Beverly Boulevard known for its pricey sandwiches and sumptuous ice cream treats, was the scene of a possibly deadly confrontation last week. Luckily, an off-duty LAPD officer stepped in to save the day.

Officer Joseph Jarrett was dining with his wife on the night of July 1, when he witnessed a bitter argument. Through a window, he saw an employee being accosted by a man with a 10-inch knife, reports ABC. The aggressor was the employee's ex, with whom she is in a custody battle.

Officer Jarrett quickly drew his off-duty gun, entered the kitchen, identified himself, and started "yelling at the suspect to drop the knife," he tells NBC. The suspect quickly followed the officer's orders. Officer Jarrett "held on to him until an on-duty unit was able to respond and take him into custody."

Such quick action is always commendable, but it's especially impressive for Officer Jarrett, who has been with the LAPD for less than two years. Besides that, he doesn't even work the street -- he currently does jail duty. Still, Officer Jarrett says that he was simply "doing his job," and that he thinks he did "what any LAPD officer or any law enforcement officer from anywhere would do."

Watch his interview with NBC above.