Bodycam footage of 4-year-old shooting at police at Utah McDonald’s released
The 12-minute video shows the moments leading up to the arrest of 27-year-old Sadaat Johnson as well as what took place after one of his children shot at police at the drive-thru.
Unified Police Department initially responded to the McDonald’s on February 21 around 1:30 p.m. when employees reported that a man brandished a gun in the drive-thru after his order was incorrect.
Employees asked Johnson to pull to the front of the restaurant after reporting the incident to the police.
Johnson had two children in the car at the time, a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old.
Officers issued several commands for Johnson to get out of the car, but he was non-compliant. Police then opened Johnson’s front driver’s door, pulling him out.
As officers were trying to take Johnson into custody, an officer who turned around saw a gun pointing out of the back window and began screaming “gun,” moments before the 4-year-old fired at officers.
The officer used his hand to sweep the gun away and the gun went off, hitting the upper part of the McDonald’s building. The officer then yelled at the person inside of the car to drop the gun, and after looking inside the car, realized that it was a small child.
The children can be heard crying after the incident as officers ushered them out of the car and away from the scene.
Johnson was later charged in early March with child abuse, aggravated assault, and interference with an arresting officer after police.
The 4-year-old told police that he picked up the gun because “he wanted his daddy back,” charging records show. The child also told police that Johnson said, “the police officer cannot open the door,” during the altercation.
After being arrested, Johnson told police that he “blacked out” for 30 seconds after he and the McDonald’s employee were arguing over his order. Johnson also denied brandishing the gun in front of the worker, despite surveillance video showing him doing so, court records state.
Johnson also told police that this wasn’t the first time his 4-year-old child had gotten his hands on a gun.