A 4-year-old child recently shot at Utah police officers while his father was being arrested for an incident at a local McDonald’s restaurant.
The father allegedly ordered the child to shoot at the officers.
The Unified Police Department said the man went to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Midvale, a suburb of Salt Lake City, when he pulled out a gun and threatened workers after they got his order wrong.
Restaurant employees told the man they would fix the order before he took out the gun.
When officers arrived on scene, they first attempted to talk to the man, identified as 27-year-old Sadaat Johnson, but he was uncooperative.
Police then removed Johnson from the vehicle by force. Once Johnson was outside, police noticed a firearm pointing out of the vehicle.
Sheriff Rosie Rivera said an officer saw a “firearm coming out of the vehicle” and deflected the weapon, which discharged a bullet into the restaurant’s awning.
Police said the shooter was Johnson’s 4-year-old child, who was sitting in the backseat with his 3-year-old sibling. The child was allegedly told by his father to shoot the officers.
The officer who deflected the gun sustained a minor injury to his arm.
Rivera said she has never seen a case like this in her entire career.
“This campaign against police officers, this needs to stop. We’re here to protect and serve, and this is getting out of hand,” she said. “This is a child who thought it was OK to pull a firearm and shoot that firearm at police. I’ve never seen anything like this in my 28 years.”
Johnson faces charges of felony child abuse and threatening the use of a dangerous weapon.
“This is a sad day for law enforcement and our community,” the department stated. “To have an adult think it is OK to encourage a 4-year-old to pull a firearm and shoot at police illustrates how out of hand the campaign against police has gotten.”