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Florida teenager, 14, is charged with attempted murder after shooting at three police officers

Florida teenager, 14, is charged with attempted murder after shooting at three police officers

  • The 14-year-old used a pistol and shotgun to fire at Hardee County deputies responding to a potential burglary on November 26
  • Deputies fired back, injuring him and landing him in the local hospital
  • After being released from the hospital, the teen was charged with several crimes
  • He reportedly disappeared from Lakeside Neurologic, a brain injury rehabilitation center in Florida, prior to the alleged incident  

A 14-year-old boy in Florida has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after opening fire on deputies in Hardee County.

The incident happened on November 26 in Wauchula, where the three deputies were sent to respond to a potential burglary.

When they arrived at the site, the 14-year-old, who has not been named, opened fire on the deputies, and they then returned with fire of their own.

FOX 13 reports the teen had both a shotgun and a pistol at his disposal when he opened fire. 

A 14-year-old in Florida is being charged with attempted murder after opening fire on Hardee County deputies responding to a reported burglary on November 26 (stock image)

The deputies fired back at the teen, striking and injuring him and requiring hospitalization. Pictured: The Hardee County Sheriff's Office

The deputies fired back at the teen, striking and injuring him and requiring hospitalization. Pictured: The Hardee County Sheriff’s Office

The deputies struck the teen, according to 10 Tampa Bay, which required him to be hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital. 

It’s not clear where the teen was shot or how many times he was struck.

After he was released from the hospital, the boy was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, armed burglary, and theft of a firearm. He was then handed over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

According to WFLA, he will not be charged as an adult. 

The teen reportedly disappeared from Lakeside Neurologic (pictured), a brain injury rehabilitation center in Wauchula, Florida

The teen reportedly disappeared from Lakeside Neurologic (pictured), a brain injury rehabilitation center in Wauchula, Florida

The teenager allegedly committed several burglaries prior to the shootout with the deputies, who have since been cleared to return to work. 

Prior to the string of alleged criminal activity, the teenager disappeared from Lakeside Neurologic, a brain injury rehabilitation center in Wauchula.

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