The children, who had reportedly fled a group home hours earlier, allegedly broke into an empty house on Tuesday night, with what the homeowner said was an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun and a large quantity of The ammunition was placed with the County of Volusia. Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputies surrounded the house and announced, trying to talk the children into surrendering peacefully.
But the children reportedly started firing from the homeowner’s guns, the sheriff’s office said.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the children fired from multiple angles and the girl allegedly threatened to kill a sergeant.
According to the sheriff’s office, the 14-year-old girl came out of the garage and allegedly pointed the shotgun twice on deputation.
Officials said he was shot and wounded by a deputy.
“They were coming out to kill the cops,” Chitwood said.
The sheriff’s office said the boy, who was in the garage and armed with an AK-47, surrendered.
Officials said the 14-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries. According to a statement on Wednesday morning, she underwent surgery and her condition was stated to be stable.
Officials said the boy did not suffer any serious injuries and no representative was injured.
“The representatives did everything they could to defuse tensions and they almost lost their lives tonight,” Chitwood said at a news conference on Tuesday night.
“He made several rounds – many, many rounds – before he was left with no choice but to fire,” Chitwood said.
“The representatives had nowhere to hide other than the trees,” he said.
A motive is not known, Chitwood said.
Officials said the deputy is temporarily on paid administrative leave.
Officials said charges against the children are pending.
Kitwana McTyre, president and CEO of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home where the children lived, called the incident “tragic” and said it was “the result of our children’s system failing.”
“These children are in dire need of care in an appropriate setting, given the very high standard of care we provide,” McTyre said in a statement.
McTyre said both children were in the home’s emergency shelter care program, which is currently serving three children.
“We have recently made changes to our emergency shelter care program and are working with our partners, including Sheriff Chitwood, the Community Partnership for Children (CPC), and the Department of Child Welfare, to help improve child welfare in our community. position and gaps that result in a lack of adequate or appropriate placements for children, who sometimes need to be under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), McTyler said.
“As a result of this incident, we will put our on-campus emergency shelter care program on hold for the next 30 days and then stop providing that service for as long as we think we can do. In Care In a safe way for the children to come, as well as protect our employees,” McTyre said.
“At this time, the level of children sent to us through emergency shelter care is beyond the scope of our abilities to provide the necessary care and range that we can serve as part of our mission.”
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