A Massachusetts sheriff is praising one of his deputies for stopping a deadly knife attack at a mall.

Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald Jr. said Wednesday that Deputy James Creed was off-duty, out of uniform and dining with his wife when Arthur DaRosa attacked staff and patrons Tuesday at a Bertucci’s restaurant in the Silver City Galleria Taunton, 40 miles from Boston.

Creed fired one shot from a personal firearm, killing DaRosa.

McDonald says he’s proud of Creed’s “heroic actions and his ability to apply his professional training and restraint in an obviously traumatic and perilous situation.”

Creed has worked for the sheriff since 2005.

A sheriff’s department spokesman says Creed won’t be available for comment. Creed has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine in such cases.

Authorities say DaRosa’s stabbing rampage killed someone at the mall and someone at a house.

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