Police body cam footage shows the moment two Florida children fired on police officers with an AK-47 and other weapons during a chilling standoff.
On Tuesday, two minors, ages 14 and 12 were arrested after they reportedly ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home earlier in the day.
It was reported that the minors have broken into a neighborhood home, where they found a cache of weaponry and ammunition, including an AK-47.
As soon as police arrived on the spot, the two minors reportedly began to fire on responding officers.
After a lengthy standoff, the 14-year-old exited the home with a shotgun, forcing deputies to fire on her.
During a press conference on the event, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood explained:
“Their conversation was they were going to kill my sergeant. They were coming out to kill cops. They were coming out to kill deputies, that’s the conversation.
Our deputies did everything they could tonight to de-escalate and they almost lost their lives to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old. Where have we gone wrong that 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 these kids to places that can’t handle them?”
According to the KRON-TV, newly released body cam footage showed the moment when a deputy fired on the 14-year-old girl after she and the 12-year-old allegedly engaged in a standoff.
In the video, a sheriff’s deputy can be heard telling a dispatcher:
“Female has a shotgun in her hand, stand by.”
As a shot rings out, he says:
“Put the gun down now!”
Then, he adds:
“They’re shooting at me! Hold the air — I’m Code 4. She’s re-racking a round inside the shotgun.
She’s racked a round in the shotgun. The window is busted on the patio side. If she comes out, she’s going to have the shotgun.”
Just like he predicted, the 14-year-old suspect then leaves the garage with the shotgun, forcing deputies to fire on her.
She then cries out in pain, and the deputy says:
“I think the female’s down. Call in the units. Female’s on the ground behind the car.”
In the video, the 12-year-old can be seen surrendering himself to police.
Afterward, the 14-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries, and as of Thursday, she was listed in stable condition.
Both minors were arrested and charged with armed burglary and attempted murder of law enforcement officers in connection with the crime.