Midvale, Utah (KTVX) – A man is in custody after allegedly telling his 4-year-old child to shoot police on Monday afternoon at Utah McDonald’s.
United Police say 27-year-old Sadaat Johnson was holding both his children – a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old – in the back seat of his car as he drove into a McDonald’s in Midway, located about 12 miles south of Salt. Lake City.
According to police, the father was upset when the order he posted on the driveway was wrong. It is said that in response to the wrong order Johnson brandished a gun.
Officers then asked Johnson to come forward, after which police were called.
When officers arrived, they said Johnson was not following several commands that asked him to get out of the car.
Police then pulled Johnson out of the car. As they took him into custody, the officer turned to the car and saw a pistol that was exposed in the rear window.
The officer pulled the gun aside when he fired, and realized the man who pulled the trigger was a 4-year-old child.
Witnesses at the scene say they overheard Johnson telling the child to shoot.
The bullet went through a McDonald’s streamer, and the officer was lightly wounded.
The only police department issued the following statement about the incident:
“This is a sad day for law enforcement and our community. Encouraging a four-year-old child to firearms and shoot at police illustrates that the anti-police campaign has spiraled out of control. This must stop and we must unite as a community to find solutions to the problems we face in our areas. Officers are here to defend and serve, and we don’t believe anything like that [that] it can happen. “
Johnson was arrested on charges of child abuse and threatening to use dangerous weapons.