A 4-year-old Utah boy reportedly opened fire on a handful of police officers to try and stop them from arresting his dad in suburban Salt Lake City.

The ordeal reportedly transpired after officers with the Unified Police Department responded to a report that a male suspect, identified as 27-year-old Sadaat Johnson, had allegedly “brandished” a gun at drive-thru staff at a McDonald’s in suburban Salt Lake City after becoming livid due to an incorrect order.

When the law enforcement arrived, they asked Johnson to exit his vehicle. However, when he refused to cooperate, they forcibly removed the suspect from the driver's seat and pinned him to the ground to be handcuffed. As the officers began to detain Johnson, a child in the backseat of the suspect's vehicle reportedly fired a gun at the responders to prevent them from arresting his father, New York Post reported.

In bodycam footage of the incident, officers can be heard telling two distraught children, ages 3 and 4, in the backseat of Johnson's vehicle, "It's okay," after one of the children allegedly fired a single shot at them.

Another Unified Police Department cop can be seen shouting “Drop the gun!” while a third officer stood in a combat stance with his weapon pointed at those inside the car.

Even though the unsettling incident occurred in February earlier this year, the harrowing footage has only just been released now.

According to a preliminary investigation, Johnson had “told the child to shoot at the police.” However, it remains unclear exactly when he gave the order since it was not recorded in the bodycam clip, Fox News reported.

Following the incident, the boy was reportedly taken into protective custody. When questioned, the child told the authorities that he shot at the cops because “he wanted his daddy back.”

Johnson later pleaded guilty to child abuse or neglect and aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies, and was ordered to spend 120 days in jail followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to attend anger management and parenting courses, and will no longer be allowed to own firearms.

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