We’ve officially made it to the period in U.S. history where a 14-year-old Florida girl is in the hospital after a shootout with sheriff deputies and a 12-year-old boy is in custody for helping the teen girl fire off rounds at authorities. An understandably furious Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood held a press conference Tuesday night where he laid out how the insulin-dependent 12-year-old ran away from a juvenile home for troubled children and took the 14-year-old girl with him.
Cops were called to locate the two kids and that led to a chase that ultimately led to a house where the children found guns and ammunition to use against the police. And that’s exactly what the two did. It turns out the police knew going into the call that the 14-year-old girl was dangerous. She had previously burned down a juvenile home.
At around 8:30 Tuesday night, the juveniles started firing shots at police and at one point the girl came out of the house they’d broken into and threatened to kill a deputy. That was when police fired on the teen and the 12-year-old decided to surrender.
“Deputies did everything they could to deescalate, and they almost lost their lives to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said during a news conference.
.@SheriffChitwood said "they (deputies) took rounds, multiple, multiple rounds before they were left with no other choice than to return fire. Sheriff went on to say "I am furious that we could be burying somebody tonight" talking about his deputies w very little cover, shot at.
— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) June 2, 2021
Chitwood wasn’t finished.
“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. What the hell is the department of juvenile justice doing sending them to places that can’t handle them?”
Police say the 12-year-old was firing an AK-47 at police and the 14-year-old came out of a garage with a pump shotgun when she was shot with multiple rounds.
“My deputies showed more restraint than I’m showing right now because I am furious that we could be burying somebody tonight. They took multiple, multiple rounds… And I know for a fact one banana clip was empty from the AK-47,” Chitwood told the media. “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 returned fire. But after she came out of the garage, hey, there was nothing left that we could do. We had to do what we had to do,” Chitwood said.
The sheriff also said the two are “evil” and “killers.”
Investigators have returned to the Enterprise home where @VolusiaSheriff says a 12 and 14-year-old opened fire on deputies. We’re learning they’re facing charges of Attempted Murder on Law Enforcement and Armed Burglary. https://t.co/HeeParTqt7 pic.twitter.com/bFrZYXkLrs
— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) June 2, 2021