By Lindsay Whitehurst
SALT LAKE CITY — The daddy of a 4-year-old boy who fired a gun at police informed investigators the kid had gotten ahold of the weapon earlier than, in line with police paperwork.
The kid caught the gun out of a automotive window as police arrested his father, who had brandished his gun at McDonald’s employees over an incorrect order on Monday, police stated.
An officer noticed the gun and instinctively swiped it away, sending the shot into the aspect of the constructing, stated Sgt. Melody Cutler with Unified Police of Higher Salt Lake. The officer additionally yelled “child” to alert his fellow officers that the individual with the weapon was a toddler.
Each the boy and a 3-year-old sibling had been taken into the care of child-welfare employees and will probably be interviewed as a part of the investigation. Their father, a 27-year-old current transplant from Georgia, is being held with out bail on suspicion of felony little one abuse and risk with a lethal weapon.
He informed police he “blacked out” and didn’t bear in mind brandishing the gun or racking a spherical on the McDonald’s staff on the drive-thru window, in line with a jail reserving assertion.
He additionally acknowledged that “this was not the primary time his son had gotten ahold of his gun,” investigators wrote. The paperwork didn’t elaborate on how the kid had gotten the weapon earlier than, or comprise extra element on an allegation that the daddy informed the boy to fireside at police.
The Related Press will not be figuring out the daddy to keep away from figuring out the son. No legal professional was instantly listed for him in court docket information.
The officer suffered minor accidents to his arm, however the incident is the type that “shakes you to the core,” Cutler stated. “I can say each officer on our group yesterday was fairly emotional,” she stated. “Very fortunately, that didn’t grow to be a horrible tragedy.”