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Florida girl and boy armed with AK-47 in shootout with deputy

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Two children fled a group home in Florida, broke into a home and engaged in a shootout with law enforcement officers, officials said Wednesday.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl found guns inside a home in Enterprise, Fla., and fired upon sheriff’s duties.

The girl was shot and injured after she pointed a gun at the deputy.

“The 12-year-old boy, armed with an AK-47, dropped his weapon shortly after and was not injured,” the sheriff’s statement said.

Body cam footage released on Wednesday showed people hiding behind trees as shots played out around them. The footage of when the girl was shot was blurry. The audio of the video painted a frantic scene as deputies arrived to provide medical aid to a girl moaning in pain.

Officials said that he underwent surgery and his condition is stable. No sheriff’s personnel were hurt in Tuesday night’s shooting.

According to the sheriff’s department, unspecified charges are pending against the children.

The sheriff’s department said the children had fled the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise on Tuesday afternoon.

A few hours later, they broke into a house. Passers-by reported breaking glass in the house, and alerted the deputies.

Officers surrounded the house. The sheriff’s statement said that at the same time shots were fired from the house. There was also a pistol, a shotgun and an AK-47 in the house along with a large quantity of ammunition.

There were four exchanges of bullets over the course of 35 minutes.

“The deputy did everything to de-escalate tonight, and he almost lost his life to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

The sheriff said the girl has a record and was arrested last year for setting fire to several vacant lots.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Chitwood described Florida’s juvenile justice system as being broken. He said violent juvenile offenders are often put in group homes that are not trained to handle them. He said the girl who shot the bullet should not have been kept in the house from where she had fled.

Reporting by Brad Brooks in Lubbock, Texas; Editing by Jonathan Otis and Alistair Bell

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