MIDWAY – Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera has never seen anything like it in her career.
On Monday, a 4-year-old boy tried to shoot two United Police officers who were taking his father into custody, allegedly on his father’s orders.
Fortunately, the officer who saw the gun was not only able to push the barrel away from the direction of the officers, but also learned that the man holding it was a child and did not open fire in response.
Rivera called the officer a “hero” for reacting to the situation, saying he “saved his life.”
“In my opinion, our officers did an amazing job because they could shoot themselves without knowing who was in that car,” Rivera said.
A wild scenario was played out at McDonald’s, 425 W. 7200 South, on Monday around 1:30 p.m. The man went through the driveway and made an order, but when he took the food out the window, his order was allegedly “According to the Unified Police, the man was angry.
“They told him they would correct his order. We believe he was brandishing a firearm at the time,” Rivera said.
Officers told the man to step aside and they would bring him the right order. But while he waited, police were called instead.
When officers arrived, the man did not obey police orders to get out of the car, so officers, knowing he was already brandishing firearms, tried to pull him out as quickly as possible, the sheriff said. When officers detained the man, one of the officers noticed that a firearm was flying out of the back seat of the car.
The officer withdrew his pistol, and a shot was fired almost simultaneously. The officer received a minor hand injury from a “blast” of gunfire, but the bullet did not hit the awning above the restaurant, the sheriff said.
“It’s a sad day for us because the man who pulled the trigger is 4 years old,” Rivera said. “Just think about the seriousness of it. We believe the father told the 4-year-old to pull the trigger and shoot the cop. Thank God the officer was able to repel (the gun).”
The officer then learned that the man holding the gun was a child and shouted, “Baby, baby!” to his partner so that the second officer would not respond.
The father, whose name was not immediately named, was interrogated by detectives on Monday afternoon. The boy and his younger sister, who was also in the back seat, were handed over to other family members.
Praising the work of her officers, Rivera also noted that, given the anti-police sentiment across the country, it is time for parents to teach their children to respect police officers.
“This campaign against the police just needs to be stopped. We are here to protect and serve and it is getting out of control. This is a child who thought it was possible to pull out a firearm and shoot it at the police. I have never seen anything like it. years of work in law enforcement. It’s hard. Every officer who’s here today just can’t believe it. It’s unbelievable. “