Midvale, UTAH – The events occurred at a McDonald’s in the city of Midvale, in the state of Utah.
Police told local media that a man in the restaurant’s drive-thru became angry with employees because they made a mistake with his order.
The workers politely tried to find a solution, assuring him that they would change his order.
However, this response did not please the customer, who became even angrier, became violent and it was at this point that he decided to wield his gun and threaten the workers.
The police at the Unified Police Department received a tip and several officers arrived on the scene, where they tried to convince the driver to leave the vehicle. Since they were notified that the man had drawn a gun, they decided to pull him out of his vehicle as quickly as possible.
The man, later identified as 27-year-old Sadaat Johnson from Salt Lake City, was arrested and taken into police custody. However, that’s not the end of this story: as police were arresting Johnson and preparing to take him to the police station, officers noticed a gun sticking out of the window of the vehicle.
An officer acted fast and managed to deflect the projectile, which ended up in the awning of the establishment.
“He was able to deflect it, but the firearm did go off and went into the awning here at the McDonald’s,” Unified Police Department Sheriff Rosie Rivera told KSL-TV.
The most frightening part of this story was the person who pulled the trigger: the detainee’s 4-year-old son.
He was in one of the back seats of the vehicle next to his 3-year-old sibling. Several officers testified that it was the father who ordered his son to shoot a police officer.
The officer, who managed to deflect the shot, was fortunately not seriously injured and is in perfect condition.
Sheriff Rivera said he had never seen anything like this before and that the gravity of the incident was enormous:
“To have an adult think it is okay to encourage a 4-year-old to pull a firearm and shoot a police officer illustrates how out of hand the campaign against police has gotten. This needs to stop and we need to come together as a community to find solutions to the challenges we face in our neighborhoods,” said Sheriff Rivera during a press briefing.
The suspect now faces a felony charge of child abuse and menacing with a dangerous weapon. His two children are currently in DFCS custody.