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A Utah man has been arrested after he allegedly ordered his four-year-old son to shoot at police officers from the car they were traveling in. The man, identified as Sadaat Johnson, was allegedly angry at his late order from McDonald’s drive-thru. middle valley.
The police had arrived at the scene after a call from the employees of the establishment.
Man threatened McDonald’s employees with a gun
In the event that occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, the 27-year-old arrived at the McDonald’s drive-thru in his car and two children who were sitting in the back seat.
CBS News reported that according to the police report, after Johnson received the wrong order, he became angry and “brandished a firearm” at the employees. However, the employees asked Johnson to drive to the front of the store while they prepared his order. That’s when McDonald’s employees called the police.
The Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Department said that after responding officers arrived at the scene, they gave “several verbal commands” asking Johnson to get out of the car.
Given his repeated refusal, the agents proceeded to remove him from the car and place him under arrest. Police said that as Johnson was being removed from the car, “an officer turned toward the vehicle and saw a gun pointed from the rear window.”
Police call it a ‘sad day’ for law enforcement and the community
However, the officer stepped aside as he discharged the gun and escaped with a minor injury. The bullet went through the McDonald’s banner outside the establishment. After the shot was fired, the officer saw Johnson’s four-year-old son holding the firearm in the back seat of the car.
Witnesses said they heard the father tell his son to shoot. The bullet went through the McDonald’s banner and the officer was slightly injured, KTVX reported.
Daily News reported that witnesses heard the father instructing his son to shoot at officers as they pulled him out of the car and handcuffed him.
In a statement released later, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera called it a sad day for law enforcement and our community.
“For an adult to think it’s okay to encourage a 4-year-old to pull out a firearm and shoot police illustrates just how out of control the anti-police campaign has become. This must stop and we must come together as a community to find solutions to the challenges we face in our neighborhoods. Officers are here to protect and serve, and we are beyond believing anything like this could ever happen,” the statement read.