The shootout happened in Florida on Tuesday evening (Picture: Reuters)
Two children aged 12 and 14 were involved in a shootout with police after running away from home, breaking into a house and stealing a handful of guns.
The boy, armed with an AK-47, and the older girl, armed with a shotgun, fired at police who confronted them outside a home in Enterprise, Florida, on Tuesday.
The girl was shot and wounded by police after she pointed a shotgun at officers and after undergoing surgery is in a stable condition in hospital, according to police.
Body cam footage shows how officers hid behind trees as the children fired bullets at them. The clip also shows the moment the girl was shot which was blurred by police upon release.
In a statement Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, whose officers responded to the scene, said: ‘The 12-year-old boy, armed with an AK-47, finally put down his weapon shortly thereafter and was not injured.’
Sheriff Mike Chitwood added that the children ‘were coming out to kill cops’, reports Reuters.
Unspecified charges against the children are pending, according to the sheriff’s department.
Authorities say the children ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise on Tuesday afternoon.
A few hours later the pair broke into a home and passersby reported hearing the sound of glass breaking coming from the home and alerted police.
Officers surrounded the home and were greeted by gunfire in their direction.
Once the situation had been defused police say they found a handgun, a shotgun and an AK-47, along with a large amount of ammunition, inside the home.
Over the course of 35 minutes there were four exchanges of gunfire, according to police.
Police engaged in the shootout with the two children (Picture: Reuters)
Police surrounded the house the children were hiding out in (Picture: Reuters)
‘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, said sheriff Chitwood.
The sheriff said the girl has a criminal record and was last year arrested for setting several vacant lots on fire.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Chitwood blasted Florida’s juvenile justice system as ‘broken’. He claimed that violent teenage offenders are often put into group homes that do not have the training required to handle them.
He said the girl involved in the shooting should not have been placed in the home she escaped from.
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