A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old ran away from their group home and proceeded to steal guns from a nearby house and engage in a shootout with police. The suspects face a litany of charges after following the shootout with Florida deputies which lasted for more than 30 minutes. The teens have been identified as 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson.
The pair ran away from a group home and proceeded to burglarize a nearby residence. In that house, they found multiple "high-powered weapons," as Sheriff Mike Chitwood described, and engaged police in a prolonged shootout. The pair were armed with an Ak-47, a pump-action shotgun and multiple other small arms.
"The 14-year-old comes out of the garage with a pump shotgun, levels it at deputies and despite warnings to drop it, she walked back into the garage, she comes back a second time, and that’s when deputies opened fire after taking multiple rounds," the Volusia County Sheriff said.
Chitwood defended the officers’ actions, emphasizing the seriousness of the situation, "I know for a fact one banana clip was empty from the AK-47. I know from the radio transmissions that a 12-year-old opened fire on us. I know that the 14-year-old opened fire on us with a shotgun and then walked out and threatened one of my sergeants and told him she was going to kill him. And we didn’t return fire. But after she came out of the garage, hey, there was nothing left that we could do. We had to do we had to do."
Chitwood praised the officers’ actions and said, "I could not be prouder of the way my deputies acted. They went above and beyond for what they did." The 14-year-old girl was shot in the chest and immediately received medical aid. She is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery in hospital. Chitwood urged state lawmakers not to be lenient on the juveniles because of their age, calling them "pure evil."
"The brainiacs in Tallahassee, they want to do this restorative justice stuff. They need to take a deep look and say, 'Something’s not right here,' because where the rubber meets the road, these kids are killers."
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