Sadaat Johnson arrest: Salt Lake City police say father told his 4-year-old to shoot officers
It was then that he saw the shooter, a 4-year-old boy.
Police said the boy shot because his father, Sadaat Johnson, told him to shoot the officers. Apart from the policeman who intervened, no one was injured. Johnson, 27, was arrested in the incident on Monday afternoon and charged with child abuse and threatening use of a dangerous weapon.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera told KTVX she’s never seen anything like a 4-year-old shoot at law enforcement and that’s proof that ” the campaign against the police” got out of control.
“All the officers here today just can’t believe it,” Rivera told the station. “We are beyond belief.”
Johnson is locked up in the Salt Lake County Jail, according to sheriff’s records. We don’t know if he has a lawyer.
At around 1:30 p.m., Johnson passed by a McDonald’s drive-thru in Midvale, Utah, with two children: the boy’s 4-year-old brother and 3-year-old brother, the Greater Salt Unified Police Department said. Lake in Washington. Post in a press release.
After McDonald’s employees gave him the wrong order, Johnson allegedly brandished a gun. Employees asked her to come to the front of the restaurant while they prepared her order, according to the statement. Instead, they called the police.
After arriving at McDonald’s, officers ordered Johnson out of his car, the statement said. When he did not obey, according to the police, they opened one of the car doors and dragged him outside.
As they did so, one of the officers turned to the car and saw a gun pointed through the rear window, police said. This officer alerted others that he had seen a gun by tossing it aside as it exploded. The bullet grazed that officer, causing a minor injury, then shot upwards, lodging in the awning above the drive-thru window.
Officers who initially arrested Johnson were unaware the shooter was a child and could have easily returned fire, Rivera told KUTV. But the officer who sent the ball off target shouted “Kid!” to others as soon as he saw the young face in the back seat, the Unified Police said in the statement. Officers did not fire any shots in return.
Rivera praised the officer who sent the bullet away from his peers and then let everyone know the shooter wasn’t a man at all.
“He’s a hero in my mind,” Rivera told KUTV. “He saved a life today.”
Rivera told the station his investigators believe Johnson told his son to shoot the officers.
“This is a sad day for law enforcement and our community,” the sheriff said in a statement. “The fact that an adult thinks it is okay to encourage a four-year-old to pull a gun and shoot the police illustrates how out of control the campaign against the police has gotten. This must stop.
After the shooting, state social workers took custody of both children, unified police told the Post.