‘Evil Bonnie and Clyde’ foster children, 12 and 14, break into Florida home and open fire on police with AK-47 in 30-minute standoff that leaves gunman girl injured and fighting for her life
- Authorities said Travis O’Brien, 12, and Nicole Jackson, 14, carried out the attack Tuesday night in Volusia County, Florida.
- The ordeal unfolded just hours after they left the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
- They broke into a person’s home and armed themselves with an AK-47, a handgun and a rifle that was found inside.
- O’Brien and Jackson fired multiple shots at officers as they tried to persuade them to surrender
- The girl was eventually shot by officers in the 30-minute standoff and had to fight for her life in the hospital
- They are now charged with attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary
Two Florida foster children named ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ are accused of breaking into a house, arming themselves with an AK-47 and then repeatedly opening fire on the sheriff’s officers as they tried to persuade them to surrender.
Authorities said 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson carried out the attack Tuesday night after they ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.
The girl was eventually shot by deputies in the 30-minute standoff and had to fight for her life in the hospital.
They are now charged with attempted first degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.
Authorities said Travis O’Brien, 12, and Nicole Jackson, 14, carried out the attack after breaking into this Volusia County, Florida home on Tuesday night.
The boy and girl used a handgun, rifle and AK-47 to shoot at officers from various vantage points in the house during the 30-minute standoff. Pictured above is a bullet hole from one of the windows
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the two children, whom he described as “evil” and compared to “Bonnie and Clyde,” used a handgun, rifle and AK-47 to shoot at officers from various vantage points in the house.
The ordeal came after O’Brien and Jackson were reported missing at the orphanage just before 5 p.m. Officers were searching the area when a neighbor heard glass breaking in a home around 7:30 p.m.
They contacted the homeowner after seeing two people inside, but the owner told officers they were not home and there were multiple weapons in the property.
The girl started firing at officers as they surrounded the house and ordered the couple to come out.
According to the authorities, the children shot four times at police officers in the space of 30 minutes.
The girl was eventually shot by deputies in the 30-minute standoff and had to fight for her life in the hospital. No deputies were injured in the ordeal
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described the two kids as ‘bad’ and compared them to ‘Bonnie and Clyde’
It only ended when the girl was shot after coming out of the garage and pointing the gun at officers.
The boy immediately surrendered.
Jackson was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and operated on. She is now in stable condition.
O’Brien was also hospitalized because he has diabetes and did not take his medication with him when he left the foster home.
No delegates were injured in the ordeal.
“Deputies went to great lengths to de-escalate tonight and nearly lost their lives to a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old,” Sheriff Chitwood said.
“Without their training and their supervision… Someone would have ended up dead.
“They took rounds—several, multiple rounds—until they had no choice but to shoot back.”