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Volusia County (FL) Sheriff Mike Chitwood released bodycam footage of the shootout his deputies found themselves in Tuesday night with a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who ran away from a children’s home and broke into a house where guns and ammo were laying around and free to use. The bodycam footage shows an incredibly tense situation where deputies were taking rounds from the children, including the 14-year-old girl who was arrested in 2018 for stealing puppies. In April of this year, the teen had been in trouble for setting five fires near homes. But none of that was even close to what went down as these two used an AK-47 and a pump shotgun on police.
Cops eventually shot and saved the life of the 14-year-old who had an AK and a shotgun “wrapping around” her neck. The 12-year-old surrendered and told cops that the girl told him she was going to “roll this down like the GTA,” which is in reference to blasting cops on the video game Grand Theft Auto.
The sheriff’s department reports that the kids had 200 rounds of ammunition at their disposal, and a 12-year-old who told cops he “wanted to harm them” after noticing green dots on himself from police weapons. According to 12News, the boy had been suspended from school in April for “threatening to throw a brick at an administrator and for threatening to kill another student and spread his guts all over the bleachers.”
Chitwood remains furious with the system these kids are living in.
“We’re arresting these kids in the State of Florida for violent crimes, and the Department of Juvenile Justice wants to put them into places that can’t handle them,” Chitwood said during his Wednesday press conference. “The juvenile justice system is broken. People need to face facts.”