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Father arrested after encouraging child to shoot at police officer

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The father of a 4-year-old boy has been arrested after he encouraged the child to take a gun and shoot at a police officer.

The incident occurred on Monday at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Midvale, Utah.

According to the report, employees contacted the police department after the suspect “brandished” a gun at drive-thru employees after he received the wrong order.

The employees convinced the man to drive around to the front of the establishment and wait for the correct order to be brought out to this car. Once the suspect drove around to the parking area, employees then called the police.

Responding officer made contact with the suspect and asked him to get out of the vehicle several times. The suspect, however, refused to do so. Officers say they were forced to pull him from the vehicle.

While the suspect was being taken into custody, an officer turned towards the vehicle and noticed a gun pointing at them from the backseat.  One of the officers swiped at the gun and that when the gun went off.

The officer sustained a minor injury to his arm.

The officer then noticed that it was a 4-year-old child who was holding the gun. A 3-year-old girl was also said to have been in the vehicle.

Officers alleged that the suspect encouraged the child to pull the trigger, however, the police report did not go into detail about the allegation.

The suspect who was not named in the report, was taken into custody and is facing charges of felony child abuse and threatening with the use of a dangerous weapon.