‘Bonnie and Clyde’ children from a Florida foster children are accused of breaking into a home in Volusia County, Florida on Tuesday night
Nicole Jackson, 14, and Travis O’Brien, 12, armed themselves with an AK-47 and rifle before repeatedly shooting at sheriff’s deputies as they tried to persuade them to surrender
The two children are facing charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary
O’Brien appeared in a juvenile court for the first time on Thursday, while Jackson remains in hospital after undergoing surgery for life-threatening injuries
Authorities have now released footage of the 30-minute standoff that only ended when Jackson was shot in the chest and left fighting for her life
The bodycam and aerial footage shows the Jackson screaming out in pain just moments after exchanging gunfire with deputies – minutes later O’Brien is seen surrendering
Homeowner was not in when intruders broke in, fears his property may have been targeted over sheriff’s star hanging from a window
The two children had earlier run away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home where they were living
Nicole Jackson and Travis O’Brien are accused of breaking into a home in Enterprise, Volusia County on Tuesday night and arming themselves with an AK-47 and rifle before repeatedly shooting at sheriff’s deputies as they tried to persuade them to surrender.
Newly released dramatic bodycam footage shows the 14 year-old girl wailing in pain after being shot when she and a 12 year-old friend, both from a foster home, fired at cops with an AK-47. The two juvenile would be robbers were runaways from a nearby group home, authorities said.
Florida police released bodycam video shows shootout between cops and armed juvenile team of boy, 12, and 14-year-old girl
Their behavior saw them likened to a ‘young Bonnie and Clyde’ by Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood.
The stand-off between police and the young ‘home invaders’ ended with Jackson being shot in the chest, with newly-released bodycam footage capturing her wailing in pain after being struck.
The two children are facing charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary. The man who owns the home they broke into has since revealed he fears it was targeted because he had a sheriff’s star hanging from the window, although no-one was home at the time.
O’Brien appeared in a juvenile court for the first time on Thursday where a judge ordered him to be arraigned on June 23, while Jackson is yet to face court as she remains hospitalized, convalescing, after undergoing surgery for her gunshot wound.
Authorities have released footage of the 30-minute standoff that ended when the 14-year-old girl was shot and the 12-year-old boy was forced to surrender.
Authorities have now released footage of the 30-minute standoff that only ended when the teen girl was shot. Jackson was struck by a bullet when she emerged from the garage while pointing her gun at officers.
In the moments before she was shot, Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies were shouting over their radios that the Jackson was standing near a door with an AK-47 and shotgun. At the same time they noted that O’Brien had armed himself with a handgun.
‘Stand by, she’s got the AK and the shotgun. She’s wrapping them around the top of her neck,’ a deputy can be heard saying.
Moments later, a deputy shouted: ‘Shot fired, goddammit. Shot fired again.’
The children then appeared to swap weapons with a deputy noting that the girl had now taken possession of the handgun, while the boy was armed with a ‘long gun’.
‘She’s pointing a gun, pointing a gun behind a trash can,’ a deputy then shouted.
The girl could be heard screaming in pain just seconds later as the aerial footage captured officers exchanging gunfire with the children.
The standoff that only ended when the girl was shot as she emerged from the garage while pointing her gun at officers. In the recording the teen shooter can be seen next to a blue trash after being shot. The girl could be heard screaming in pain as aerial footage showed her lying on the ground.
The footage showed the O’Brien appearing to immediately surrender as he walked towards deputies with his hands in the air, as Deputies repeatedly said the girl was lying on the ground near the trash can where she was shot.
After the boy was taken into custody, deputies could be seen running over to treat the injured girl.
Jackson was rushed to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, underwent surgery and is now in a stable condition.
The two children had earlier run away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home where they were living.
Homeowner, A.J. Bedizel, on Wednesday described coming home the night before to find out two children broke into his house and used his guns, including an AK-47, to open fire on Volusia County sheriff’s deputies.
No deputies were injured in the shooting, but one of the alleged shooters, 14-year-old Nicole Jackson, was struck in the chest when deputies returned fire, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
Bedizel, said he does not know either juvenile runaways from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, a foster home.
Sheriff’s officials said the duo used baseball bats to destroy furniture, toilets and a tub, and located the homewoner’s guns — an AK-47, a pump shotgun and a handgun, along with 200 rounds of ammunition. Bedizel said his guns were hidden and the magazines and ammo were in separate drawers so the children accused of breaking in had to search his home to discover the arms and ammunition.
On Thursday, homeowner AJ Bedizel says he believed the children may have broken into the house because he had a sheriff’s star hanging from a window, a memento from when he served as a Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Bedizel told ClickOrlando that he was on a brief trip to a Publix supermarket with his two teenage daughters when their house was broken into.
The aerial footage captured officers exchanging gunfire with the children as the girl was shot. The officers can be seen on the far right behind the tree. The children are out of view having fired from the house.
No-one was home at the time, although Bedizel says his house was badly damaged during the shootout, and that he feels ‘violated’ by what happened there.
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is a group home that started out as an orphanage. Police said they responded to the home hundreds of times last year for various incidents.
It is not clear why, or how long, the two children had been staying at the home.
The whole ordeal unfolded after O’Brien and Jackson were reported missing from the children’s home just before 5pm.
Deputies were searching the area when a neighbor reported hearing glass break at a home around 7.30pm.
They contacted the homeowner after spotting two people inside but the owner told deputies they were not home and there were multiple guns inside the property.
The girl started shooting at deputies when they surrounded the home and ordered the pair to come out. Authorities say the children fired multiple rounds at deputies four times in the space of 30 minutes.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the two children, who he described as ‘evil’ and likened to ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, used a handgun, rifle and AK-47 to fire at deputies from several vantage points in the home.
No deputies were injured in the ordeal.
‘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,’ Sheriff Chitwood said.
‘If it wasn’t for their training and their supervision… Somebody would have ended up dead.
‘They took rounds – multiple, multiple rounds – until they were left with no other choice but to return fire.’
After the O’Brien was taken into custody, deputies could be seen running over to treat the injured Jackson who ended up being rushed to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. She is now in stable.