On Tuesday, Deputies in Volusia County Florida say a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy broke into a home where they found several weapons and engaged in gunfire with officers before order was restored.
According to Sheriff Mike Chitwood, when officers arrived on the scene, they made efforts to bargain with the kids. “We try to deescalate; we throw a cell phone into the house to try to talk to them,” said Chitwood. “The 14-year-old comes out of the garage with a pump shotgun, levels it at deputies, and despite warnings to drop it, she walks back into the garage. She comes back a second time, and that’s when deputies open fire.”
The girl was shot in the abdomen and arm but was in stable condition at the time of this writing; the boy gave up without incident. He was taken into custody, and during his interview, he told officers that he shot a handgun, a shotgun, and an AK-47 at officers on purpose. He said once the 14-year-old girl determined that deputies were outside, the girl said, “I’m gonna roll this down like GTA,” referring to the video game “Grand Theft Auto.”
As customary, officers are required to wear body cameras and release video footage of incidents to the public. In this case, edited portions of the video showed an officer saying, “She’s pointing the gun. She’s pointing the gun behind the trash can.” The sheriff’s office said that the youths fired at deputies on four separate occasions for over 35 minutes.
The boy is 4-foot-11 inches tall and 78 pounds, while the girl is 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.
The boy has been in foster care since 2017 and had no criminal history before Tuesday’s incident. However, documents say the boy showed signs of verbal aggression after making a threat to throw a brick at a school administrator, and days later, telling a peer that he would kill him and “spread his guts all over the bleachers.”
According to information, the girl had set fires in a wooded lot that came close to burning homes.
The juveniles are being charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and armed burglary. “I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and 14-year-old think it’s OK to take on law enforcement?” Chitwood said.