Police got into a shootout with two children – aged 12 and 14 – who managed to break into a home and use a varied arsenal of guns to battle it out with officers.
Last June, authorities from Florida said then 12-year-old Travis O'Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson would be slammed with charges for attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers.
The insane incident occurred as police were already searching for the pair due to them fleeing a Florida United Methodist Children's Home and diabetic O'Brien had left without his medication.
Mike Chitwood, Volusia County Sheriff, told reporters at the time: "So the deputies in the Deltona area go out looking for this 12-year-old and this 14-year-old because the 12-year-old is insulin-dependent and the 12-year-old, if he doesn’t get his medication within four hours, it’s going to be a critical medical emergency."
A local witness claimed the searching police officers heard what sounded like a breaking window and upon investigation it was clear the property had been broken into.
Luckily officers didn't immediately rush into the property and liaised with the homeowner first – discovering that there was an AK-47, a pump action shotgun and over 200 rounds of ammunition inside.
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As authorities reportedly began to get into surrounding positions of the property they were able to hear youngsters inside using bats and other tools to wreck the house.
Sheriff Chitwood said to reporters at the time, saying: "At 8:28, one of my sergeants who was the first to arrive, Sgt. Donnie Maxwell takes fire multiple times, never returns fire.
"At 8:31, one of our units reports they’re being fired at by the 12- and the 14-year-old. At 8:33, another call comes out from another group of deputies surrounding the home saying that shots were fired."
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He continued: "At 8:40, the 14-year-old emerges from the property and threatens to kill Sergeant Maxwell. At 8:54, the juvenile male, armed with an AK-47, opens fire on deputies."
Up until that moment the under fire officers had been attempting to contain the situation peacefully, throwing a mobile phone into the house in hopes of communicating with the two kids.
But the officer claimed the incident turned into a full blown "shootout" with what he described as the "evil" children.
"The 14-year-old comes out of the garage with a pump shotgun, levels it at deputies, and despite warnings to drop it, she walked back into the garage, she comes back a second time, and that’s when deputies opened fire after taking multiple rounds."
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The young girl was shot in the chest and arm and after being rushed to hospital was said to be in a stable condition.
"My deputies showed more restraint than I’m showing right now because I am furious that we could be burying somebody tonight," Sheriff Chitwood said.
"They took multiple multiple rounds, and I know for a fact one [high capacity] banana clip was empty from the AK-47. 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 return 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."
The Sheriff claimed that the children's home the pair had escaped from was "a complete failure" and that police had been called there nearly 300 that year.
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