Police believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City
MIDVALE, Utah — Investigators believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City on Monday, a announced the police. An officer was able to hit the gun as it was fired, directing the bullet away.
The unidentified man brandished a gun at the Midvale restaurant’s pickup window, demanding that his order be corrected, Unified Police Department spokesman Sgt. Melody Cutler, said . After workers asked her to go to a holding area while they corrected her order, they called the police, she said.
The man did not cooperate and had to be removed from the car, Cutler said. But, as officers took the man into custody, one of them looked back and saw a gun pointed from a rear window, she said. The officer who slid the gun aside as it fired also shouted “kid” at other officers after seeing how young the shooter was, Cutler said.
A witness observed the man tell the 4-year-old, who was in the back seat with a 3-year-old brother, to fire 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.
“The fact that an adult thinks it’s okay to encourage a four-year-old to pull out a gun and shoot the police illustrates how out of control the campaign against the police has gotten,” he said. she declared.