Boy, 12, in court for attempted murder after ‘shooting at cops with AK-47’


Travis O’Brien, right, and his co-accused Nicole Jackson, 14, left, were allegedly involved in the shootout with police (Picture: Volusia Sheriff’s Office/ClickOrlando/WFTV 9)

A 12-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into a house, stealing an AK-47 and shooting at police.

Travis O’Brien and his co-accused Nicole Jackson, 14, are said to have armed themselves with a number of guns before spraying bullets at police, after running away from a foster home in Volusia County, Florida, on Tuesday night.

Jackson is also charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer but is yet to face court as she remains in hospital following surgery on gunshot wounds she sustained in the shootout. 

Their alleged behavior – which was caught on body cam footage – has led them to be described as a ‘young Bonnie and Clyde’ by Volusia County sheriff, Michael Chitwood.  


Travis O?Brien New footage shows 'evil Bonnie and Clyde' foster children aged 12 and 14 in AK-47 gun battle with sheriff's deputies - before girl, 14, was shot Travis O?Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson, who remains hospitalized after being shot by deputies, were arrested on charges of armed burglary and attempted murder of law enforcement officers. News 6 has decided to name and show pictures of the children due to the seriousness of the incident and the charges they are facing. [TRENDING: Video: Shootout between children, deputies | Fla. man survives alligator bite to head | Fla. woman found underground -- again] During a virtual court appearance Thursday morning, Judge Michael Orfinger ordered that O?Brien, who?s represented by a public defender, to be held in secure detention for 21 days or until the next court order. ?There?s probable cause to believe that these acts occurred and that you committed them,? Orfinger said to O?Brien, who didn?t speak during the hearing. Orfinger also ordered O?Brien to be arraigned on June 23. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said late Tuesday that O?Brien and Jackson ran away from Florida United Methodist Children?s Home, a foster home, and broke into a house in Enterprise. No one was home at the time as the homeowner and his teenage daughters had recently left to go to Publix. https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/06/03/boy-12-accused-of-shooting-at-volusia-deputies-with-ak-47-appears-before-judge/

Travis O’Brien was arrested on charges of armed burglary and attempted murder of law enforcement officers (Picture: ClickOrlando)


Nicole Jackson, 14, is also charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer (Picture: Steven Jackson/ WFTV 9)

The stand-off ended with the girl, who prosecutors say was Jackson, being shot in the chest – a moment which was caught on body cam footage. The clip showed her wailing in pain after being struck by a bullet.

The video also showed how cops had to hide behind trees as the two children fired bullets at them. Officers can also be heard trying to convince the youngsters to surrender.

According to police the shootout lasted for around 35 minutes and included four exchanges of gunfire.

Authorities say the children ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon.


Travis O’Brien and Nicole Jackson apparently ran away from home before stealing the weapons (Picture: Volusia Sheriff’s Office)


Boy, 12, and girl, 14, stole AK-47 and shotgun for shootout with police in Florida

Police surrounded the house the children were hiding out in (Picture: Reuters)

As well as the attempted murder charges, Jackson and O’Brien are also charged with armed burglary for breaking into a home. The man who owns the home they are accused of entering has since revealed he believes it was targeted because he had a sheriff’s star hanging from the window, although no-one was home at the time. 

Speaking on Wednesday, sheriff Mike Chitwood said that the children ‘were coming out to kill cops’.

He said: ‘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.’

He added that the boy, allegedly O’Brien, put down his weapon and surrendered to police after his co-accused, Jackson, was shot.


Boy, 12, and girl, 14, stole AK-47 and shotgun for shootout with police in Florida

Police engaged in the shootout with the two children (Picture: Reuters)

O’Brien appeared in a juvenile court for the first time on Thursday where a judge ordered him to be arraigned on June 23, reports Click Orlando.

During the virtual hearing Judge Michael Orfinger ordered the O’Brien, who is being represented by a public defender, to be held in a secure detention center for 21 days or until the next court order.

‘There’s probable cause to believe that these acts occurred and that you committed them, Orfinger said to the boy, who didn’t speak during the hearing.

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