Utah father charged after 4-year-old shot at police outside Midvale McDonald’s


Charging paperwork state the daddy initially pulled the gun on an worker after he obtained an incorrect order within the drive-thru.

(FOX 13) The scene a Midvale McDonald’s on Feb. 21, 2022, after a 4-year-old shot at cops after his father was taken into custody for allegedly brandishing the gun at a McDonald’s worker

A Utah father was charged with two felonies after his 4-year-old son used the person’s handgun to shoot at police outdoors a McDonald’s in Midvale final month.

The capturing unfolded Feb. 21 after police tried to arrest the daddy for allegedly brandishing that very same gun at a McDonald’s drive-thru worker, charging paperwork state. No officers have been shot, however one officer did obtain a minor burn from the weapon’s discharge.

The daddy, 27, had taken his younger kids — one 3 years outdated, the opposite 4 — to the McDonald’s whereas his fiancee obtained her nails performed, in response to the charging paperwork. He obtained their order however informed an worker that it wasn’t right and began arguing together with her, the paperwork state.

The worker informed police that the daddy then grabbed his handgun from the passenger seat and racked it, ejecting a bullet. He then put the gun down and continued to argue, she mentioned in court docket paperwork, however she closed the drive-thru window and referred to as police, fearing that he could shoot her or others inside. The daddy then hit the drive-thru window and picked up the gun once more, she mentioned.

The daddy informed police that he “blacked out” throughout the confrontation and denied brandishing and racking the gun. He mentioned he moved the gun as a result of the meals was sitting on it. Police mentioned surveillance footage corroborates the worker’s story.

Unified cops quickly arrived on the restaurant close to 400 West and 7200 South and located the daddy in his automobile with the home windows rolled up and the doorways locked. He finally obtained out and police put him on the bottom to arrest him.

The 2 kids remained within the automobile. That’s when his 4-year-old son grabbed his father’s gun “as a result of he needed his daddy again,” in response to charing paperwork.

As UPD officer M. Mathews walked previous the driving force’s facet window of the daddy’s automobile, he noticed a silver handgun “emerge” from inside, the paperwork state. He swiped the gun away and it fired, hitting the outside of the McDonald’s.

“Officer Mathews took a step again and yelled on the individual contained in the automobile to drop the gun,” charging paperwork state. “Officer Mathews peered into the automobile and noticed a small baby taking a look at him.”

The daddy informed police that his son has taken the gun earlier than. He mentioned he didn’t train him “dangerous issues in regards to the police” however simply informed him to “maintain away” from officers if potential.

The person was charged with one third-degree felony depend every of kid abuse and aggravated assault, in addition to a category B misdemeanor depend of interference with an arresting officer.

A public security evaluation prompt that the daddy be launched on his on recognizance, however he’s being held within the Salt Lake County jail with out bail, information state.

The daddy has no obvious prior convictions or different pending fees, however third District Courtroom Choose Barry Lawrence dominated the person would represent a “substantial hazard to some other particular person or to the neighborhood.”

Charging paperwork cited the “critical nature” of the alleged crimes and indicated that the person has one other baby in Georgia, the place prosecutors fearful he’d flee if launched.

The daddy’s preliminary look is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m.

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