The sheriff’s office said the girl was shot in the abdomen and arm and is in stable condition, while the boy surrendered and was not injured.
“I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old think it’s okay to enforce the law?” Chitwood said.
The sheriff’s office released more than nine minutes of edited video on Wednesday showing footage of body cameras and a helicopter looking down.
“She’s pointing the gun. She’s pointing the gun behind the garbage can,” one officer says in footage shortly before the deputy opened fire.
Charge affidavits for the juveniles indicate that they have been charged with attempted murder and armed theft of a law enforcement officer. The boy stands at 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 78 pounds, while the girl stands at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, the documents stated.
The affidavits include details of an interview with the boy in which he admits to repeatedly firing at officers using a handgun, a shotgun and an AK-47, which he took from home. He told investigators he saw deputies outside the house, at which point the girl said, “I’m gonna roll it like GTA,” according to the affidavit, referring to the video game “Grand Theft Auto.”
“The boy told detectives he knew they were the cops when he shot them because he wanted to harm them,” Chitwood told a news briefing.
The shocking spate of gunfire came after Chitwood insisted that the deputy repeatedly tried to defuse the situation, made personal contact with the teenagers, and was forced to hide behind trees amid waves of shootings.
“We try to land, we throw a cell phone in the house to try to talk to them. The 14-year-old comes out of the garage with a pump shotgun, takes it to the deputy, and warns him to leave. Regardless, she goes back to the garage. She comes back a second time, and only then does the reps fire,” Chitwood said.
According to the sheriff, the boy has been in foster care since at least 2017. He has no prior criminal history, but he made two threats to the school this year, once threatening to throw a brick at an administrator, and five days later threatening to kill a student and “spreading his guts all over the bleachers, Chitwood said.
The sheriff said on Tuesday that the girl had burned down a house in April, but on Wednesday she corrected herself, saying the girl had set a forest on fire near the burning houses.
According to FDLE spokeswoman Gretel Pleasinger, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating officers’ use of force at the request of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
The FDLE will investigate the facts of what happened, develop a timeline, and then provide the information to state counsel, who will determine whether the use of force was justified, she said.
Kishore entered the house and then opened fire
The representative contacted the homeowner, who The sheriff’s office said no one should be at home and inside was a handgun, pump shotgun and an AK-47 as well as a large amount of ammunition.
The sheriff said that as the deputies surrounded the house and tried to establish a relationship with the boy and the girl, they were gunned down. The sheriff’s office said the children fired at the deputy on four separate occasions in about 35 minutes.
At one point a 14-year-old girl came out of the house and threatened to kill the sergeant. Donnie Maxwell, Chitwood said.
He said the officers fired several rounds before “left with no option but to fire”. After shooting the girl, the boy armed with an AK-47 surrendered to the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said at least eight deputies were involved in the incident.
In his press conference on Tuesday, Chitwood praised his officers for their restraint in the face of waves of gunfire.
“The deputy did everything to de-escalate tonight, and he almost lost his life to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old,” he said. “If it wasn’t for their training and their care… someone would have died.”
The home, a 30-acre farm in Deltona north of Lake Monroe, belongs to AJ Bedizel, who told CNN that he and his two daughters went to the Publix grocery store the Tuesday evening before the break-in. When he returned, he saw that the police had surrounded the place and heard them shouting into a megaphone that the people inside should come out with their hands raised.
He said that he did not know the two children who wreaked havoc on his house. He said they broke windows, shot him on the roof and destroyed part of the house. Bedizel said she was grateful that no one was at home at the time, but she was not allowed to return home and had nowhere else to go.
“We’ve been violated, and I don’t know what the next step is, a healthy move for me, for my girls to get over it,” he told CNN. “I don’t know if my girls will feel safe. I don’t know what to do. I really don’t. I’m at a loss.”
Children’s home to put a stop to emergency shelter program
Chitwood denounced Florida’s Juvenile Justice Department in particularly harsh terms, calling the department a “failure” and a “fraud.”
The sheriff also criticized the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home where the boy and girl were staying. The sheriff’s office said it handled about 300 calls to FUMCH in 2020.
After the girl is charged with setting fire, “the DJJ, who is the gatekeeper, decides that arson is not a violent crime,” Chitwood said at a Wednesday news conference. “So they’re going to return him back to his mother. Well, his mother obviously can’t control him, so they put him in foster care,” the sheriff said, adding that the teens were fostering multiple times. ran out of care. Sending to FUMCH on May 30th. “And then we all know what happened on June 1st,” Chitwood said.
“This situation is sad and it is the result of our children’s systems failing,” FUMCH President and CEO Kitwana McTyre said in a press release. “These children are in dire need of care in an appropriate setting, which is a very high standard of care that we provide.”
McTyre said the two teens were in the emergency shelter care program, which currently serves three children.
“As a result of this incident, we will put our on-campus emergency shelter care program on hold for the next 30 days and then stop providing that service for as long as we think we can do. In Care In a safe way for the children to come and at the same time protect our staff who do a brave job in taking care of our children every day,” McTyre said.
“At this time, the level of children being sent to us through emergency shelter care is beyond the scope of our abilities to provide the necessary care and range that we can serve as part of our mission.”
McTyre said the group home has seen high levels of children who come through the system with “increased behavior” repeatedly in recent years. Still, she notes that the home is required to contact law enforcement if a child leaves the property, so many of the 300 calls to the sheriff’s office in 2020 were not emergencies.
FUMCH was established as an orphanage in 1908 and continues to care for children, and McTyer emphasized in the statement that the emergency shelter care program is only part of its services. “We are a child welfare facility, not a safe care facility,” McTyre said.
The Juvenile Justice Department told CNN in a statement that FUMCH “is not a DJJ program.”
“The events that happened last night in Volusia County are tragic, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is grateful that there were no casualties as a result of this incident,” DJJ said.
“As an agency, we work with the various partners that make up Florida’s juvenile justice system, including law enforcement, the courts, state attorneys, and community providers, to help youth respond to their actions,” the statement said. to be held accountable for.” “DJJ does not tolerate violence that threatens the public safety of our communities.”
CNN’s Rebekah Rees and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.