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4-year-old fires gun at officers during Midvale shooting incident

Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-21 23:39:45-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Police said a 4-year-old child fired a gun at officers on the order of their father during an incident Monday at a McDonald's in Midvale.

According to the Unified Police Department, the incident occurred at 425 West 7200 South. A man identified as Sadaat Johnson, 27, in a Honda allegedly brandished a gun at restaurant drive-thru workers after they gave him an incorrect order.

The workers called police after telling Johnson they would fix his order.

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Police surrounding McDonald's in Midvale following shooting

When police arrived, they were able to locate and remove Johnson from the vehicle. However, once Johnson was outside, an officer noticed "a firearm coming outside the vehicle," according to UPD Sheriff Rosie Rivera. The officer was able to deflect the weapon, which discharged into a restaurant awning.

Police identified the person who discharged the weapon as a 4-year-old child who was allegedly told to fire the gun by their father. The child was in the backseat of the car with their three-year-old sibling.

Officers did not fire back after the child fired the weapon.

"This campaign against police officers, this needs to stop. We're here to protect and serve, and this is getting out of hand," said Rivera. "This is a child who thought it was okay to pull a firearm and shoot that firearm at police. I've never seen anything like this in my 28 years."

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Location of shooting at McDonald's in Midvale

Although the officer was able to deflect the firearm, he did receive a small injury to his arm.

Johnson was taken into custody and faces charges of felony child abuse and threatening the use of a dangerous weapon.

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