Police in Utah released bodycam footage of a 4-year-old shooting at police officers during an incident at a fast food restaurant in February.
The 12-minute footage, shared by the Unified Police Department and obtained by KTLA, shows the February arrest of Sadaat Johnson, as well as one of his children shot police officers as his father was being detained.
Officers responded to a report of a man in Midvale brandishing a gun in the drive-thru window after receiving an incorrect order. Johnson was asked by restaurant employees to pull to the front of the building after police were called to the scene.
Responding officers located Johnson inside his vehicle and said he refused to get out. Johnson’s two children, ages 3 and 4, were also inside the vehicle at the time of his arrest.
One officer spotted a gun pointing out of the back window as Johnson was being detained and a shot rang out moments later. The officer used his hand to sweep the gun away as it went off and yelled for the person to drop the weapon before realizing it was a young child who fired the shot.
The two children were heard crying as officers took them out of the vehicle and way from the scene.
Johnson was charged with child abuse, aggravated assault and interference with an arresting officer in relation to the incident, ABC 4 reports.
Charging records quoted the 4-year-old as saying he picked up the gun because “he wanted his daddy back” and claimed that “the police officer cannot open the door” during the incident.
Johnson told police he’d “blacked out” for 30 seconds after his argument with restaurant employee over the incorrect order and denied pulling the gun despite surveillance video proving otherwise, according to court records obtained by KTLA.
Johnson also told officers that his 4-year-old child had previously gotten his hands on a gun prior to the February incident.