Two foster children aged 12 and 14 in Florida ransacked a house and used stolen guns to shoot at police officers.
According to a press release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, police were first notified that the children had fled the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home located at 51 Children’s Way in Enterprise at 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Police said they were informed that a 12-year-old boy had diabetes and was not on medication, while they were also informed that a 14-year-old girl hit a member of Florida United Methodist Children’s Home staff with a stick was. .
At about 7:30, representatives were searching the area when “a passerby witness reported breaking glass at 1050 Enterprise Osteen Road.” After this the police reached the house and saw two figures inside the house.
“They contacted the landlord, who told them no one should be home, and had a handgun, a shotgun and an AK-47, along with a large amount of ammunition,” police said in the press release.
After talking to the landlord, the people around the house gathered and called the children inside the house. After this, both the children started firing on the police, the girl fired the first shot at around 8.30 pm from the door of the back courtyard of the house.
According to the police, in the next 35 minutes, both the children opened fire on the police on four separate occasions. [the girl] Came out of the garage, pointed the shotgun at the deputy twice and was shot and wounded.”
“After [the girl] Was shot, deputies went to provide life-saving assistance. O’Brien, who was in the garage armed with an AK-47, surrendered without firing another shot,” police said.
According to officials, the 14-year-old was eventually taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. After surgery he was shifted to another hospital for further treatment in stable condition.
The 12-year-old boy was also taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital for treatment for diabetes, not injuries sustained during the incident.
During a press conference, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the incident was “something I have never seen in policing in 35 years.”
“The deputy did everything to de-escalate tonight, and he almost lost his life to a 12 year old and a 14 year old,” Chitwood said. “If it wasn’t for their training and their care… someone would have died.”
newsweek Volusia reached out to the County Sheriff’s Office for further comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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