MIDVALE, Utah (AP) – Investigators believe a man told his 4-year-old child to shoot officers after a dispute broke out Monday over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in a suburb of Salt Lake City came, police said. An officer was able to smack at the gun as it fired, deflecting the bullet away.
The unidentified man pointed a gun at the Midvale restaurant’s pickup window and demanded that his order be corrected, a spokesman for the Unified Police Department, Sgt. Melody Cutler, said. After workers asked him to drive to a waiting area while they corrected his order, they called the police, she said.
The man did not cooperate and had to be pulled from the car, Cutler said. But when officers took the man into custody, one looked back and saw a gun pointed out a rear window, she said. The officer, who brushed the gun aside as it fired, also shouted “kid” to other officers after seeing how young the shooter was, Cutler said.
A witness watched the man tell the 4-year-old, who was in the backseat with a 3-year-old sibling, to shoot the gun, Cutler said. She declined to elaborate.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said it was a sad day for law enforcement and the community.
“For an adult to think it’s okay to encourage a four-year-old to pull out a gun and shoot at the police shows how out of control the anti-police campaign has gotten,” she said.
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