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Florida foster children open fire on cops with AK-47

‘Evil Bonnie and Clyde’ foster children, 12 and 14, break into Florida house and open fire on cops with AK-47 in 30-minute standoff that leaves girl shooter injured and fighting for her life

  • Authorities said 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson carried out the attack in Volusia County, Florida on Tuesday night
  • The ordeal unfolded just hours after they away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home
  • They broke into a person’s home and armed themselves with an AK-47, handgun and rifle found inside
  • O’Brien and Jackson fired multiple rounds at deputies as they tried to persuade them to surrender 
  • The girl ended up being shot by deputies in the 30 minute standoff and was left fighting for her life in hospital 
  • They are now facing felony charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary

Two Florida foster children dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ are accused of breaking into a house, arming themselves with an AK-47, then repeatedly shooting at sheriff’s deputies 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 on Tuesday night after running away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

The girl ended up being shot by deputies in a 30-minute standoff and was left fighting for her life in a hospital. 

They are now facing felony charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary. 

Authorities said 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson 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 fire at deputies from several vantage points in the home during the 30-minute standoff. Pictured above is a bullet hole from one of the windows

The boy and girl used a handgun, rifle and AK-47 to fire at deputies from several vantage points in the home 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, 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.  

The 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. 

It only ended when the girl was shot after she emerged from the garage pointing the gun at deputies. 

The boy immediately surrendered.  

The girl ended up being shot by deputies in the 30-minute standoff and was left fighting for her life in hospital. No deputies were injured in the ordeal

The girl ended up being shot by deputies in the 30-minute standoff and was left fighting for her life in hospital. No deputies were injured in the ordeal

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described the two children as 'evil' and likened them to 'Bonnie and Clyde'

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood described the two children as ‘evil’ and likened them to ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

Jackson was rushed to Central Florida Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery. She is now in stable.

O’Brien also was taken to hospital because he is diabetic and did not take his medication with him when he left the foster 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.’ 

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.  

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