Child Shoots at Cops Over McDonald's Order Dispute—Police

A man in Utah instructed his 4-year-old son to shoot at officers following an argument at McDonald's, according to police.

Authorities said they were called after a man brandished a gun at McDonald's drive-thru employees. The incident occurred on Monday, 1:30 p.m., at the McDonald's located at 425 W. 7200 S in Midvale, according to a press release issued by the Unified Police Department.

Authorities say the man pulled out a gun after workers got his order wrong. The drive-thru workers told the man to drive to the next window and called the police.

When police arrived they instructed the man to exit the vehicle. The man refused to comply with these orders.

Officers then approached the car and pulled the man from the vehicle. An officer turned around to see a young child pointing a gun at him from inside the car.

"The officer vocalized to other officers there was a gun while swiping the gun to the side as a round was fired from the gun," the press release read.

"The officer recognized the young age of the individual with the firearm and yelled out 'kid' to the other officers.

"The child who fired the weapon is 4-years-old and was in the backseat of the car with a 3-year-old sibling.

"Information collected during this ongoing investigation indicates that the father of the child told the child to shoot at the police."

The father is currently in police custody and being interviewed by authorities. The officer received a minor injury to his arm, but there were no other injuries.

The Sheriff of Salt Lake County, Rosie Rivera, spoke about this incident and highlighted her disbelief that something like this could happen.

"This is a sad day for law enforcement and our community," she said.

"To have an adult think it is okay to encourage a 4-year-old to pull a firearm and shoot at police illustrates how out of hand the campaign against police has gotten.

"This needs to stop and we need to 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 belief that something like [this] could happen."

Newsweek has contacted the Unified Police Department for comment.

The comments from Rivera echo those of police unions, who have grown concerned about the number of attacks against law enforcement.

On January 30, the president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Yoes, had said violence directed at police was the "worst" he had ever seen.

The National Fraternal Order of Police's vice president, Joe Gamaldi, directed criticism at President Joe Biden for this trend.

"Our cities are war zones, our country is in turmoil and police officers are being hunted in the streets," he said in an interview on Fox News.

He continued: "Where are you, Mr. President? You need to give a national address that condemns that violence against law enforcement and talk about the real crime issues in America because the silence from the White House right now is deafening."

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Stock image of a gun. Police believe a 4-year-old was told to shoot police by their father. Getty Images