This is the 14-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy who have been compared to a young Bonnie and Clyde after they opened fire on police with an AK-47 as dramatic new bodycam footage of the standoff emerged.
Nicole Jackson, 14, and Travis O’Brien, 12, are accused of breaking into a Volusia County home Tuesday night and arming themselves with an AK-47 and rifle before firing repeatedly at the sheriff’s officers as they attempted persuade them to surrender. .
The standoff ended with Jackson being shot in the chest, with newly released bodycam footage capturing her wailing in pain after being punched.
The two children are charged with attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.
O’Brien made his first appearance in juvenile court on Thursday, where a judge ordered him to be arraigned on June 23.
Jackson has yet to appear in court as she is in the hospital after surgery on her gunshot wound.
Nicole Jackson, 14, and Travis O’Brien, 12, are charged with breaking into a Volusia County home on Tuesday night and opening fire on officers during a 30-minute standoff that ended with the girl being shot
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. The boy is pictured above with his arms in the air as he walks towards the police
Authorities have now released footage of the 30-minute standoff that only ended when the girl was shot coming out of the garage while pointing her gun at officers.
In the moments before she was shot, the Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies shouted over their radios that the girl was standing by a door with an AK-47 and a shotgun.
They noted that the boy had armed himself with a handgun.
“Hold on, she’s got the AK and the shotgun. She wraps them around her neck,’ you hear a deputy say.
Moments later, a deputy called out, “Damn it shot. Shot again.’
The children were then found to be trading weapons with a deputy sheriff who found that the girl had now taken possession of the gun, while the boy was armed with a long gun.
“She points a gun, a gun behind a garbage can,” a deputy called out.
Just seconds later, the girl could be heard screaming in pain as the aerial footage captured officers exchanging gunfire with the children.
The standoff that only ended when the girl was shot coming out of the garage pointing her gun at officers. She is pictured above next to the blue trash can after being shot
The girl could be heard screaming in pain as aerial footage showed her on the ground (above) after being shot
The footage showed that the boy appeared to immediately surrender as he walked towards the officers with his hands in the air.
Officers repeatedly said the girl was lying on the floor near the garbage can where she was shot.
After the boy was taken into custody, officers could be seen running to treat the injured girl.
Jackson was eventually taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. She is now in stable condition.
The two children had previously run away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home where they lived. On Thursday, homeowner AJ Bedizel said he thought the kids broke into the house because he had a sheriff’s star hanging from a window, a memento of his time as deputy sheriff of Brevard County.
Bedizel told Click on Orlando that he was on a short trip to a Publix supermarket with his two teenage daughters when their house was broken into.
No one was home at the time, although Bedizel says his house was badly damaged during the shooting and he feels “violated” by what happened there.
Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is a group home that started as an orphanage. Police said they had visited the house hundreds of times last year for various incidents.
It is not clear why and how long the two children stayed in the house.
The whole 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.
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 kids are out of sight because they shot from the house
After the boy was taken into custody, officers could be seen running to treat the injured girl. Jackson was eventually taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. She is now in the stable
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.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the two children, whom he described as “bad” and compared to “Bonnie and Clyde,” used a handgun, rifle and AK-47 to shoot at officers from various vantage points in the house.
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.”
Before the girl was shot, the Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies shouted over their radios that the girl was standing by a door with an AK-47 and shotgun.