The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has released shocking body camera footage showing the moment officers fired back at two runaway foster children in Florida and struck a little girl.
12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson caused chaos when they broke into a stranger's home, found guns, including an AK-47, inside, and began firing at responding police.
The terrifying incident went down on Tuesday night.
In the bodycam footage, released on Wednesday, a sergeant can be seen hiding behind a tree as the two runaway juveniles -- dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde" -- lit up the night sky.
According to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, the kids were not only using a pistol and a shotgun fire to at cops. They also fired shots using an AK-47.
The scary clip shows the moment police were forced to shoot Nicole after she exited the garage with a pistol in her hand and leveled the weapon in their direction.
Chitwood applauded his officers for their restraint.
“They took multiple multiple rounds... And I know for a fact one banana clip was empty from the AK-47. I know from the radio transmissions that a 12-year-old opened fire on us. I know that the 14-year-old opened fire on us with a shotgun and then walked out and threatened one of my sergeants and told him she was going to kill him. And we didn’t return fire. But after she came out of the garage, hey, there was nothing left that we could do. We had to do (what) we had to do,” he said.
In the 9-minute video, Sgt. Donnie Maxwell can be heard saying, “Standby, standby. It appears the female has a long gun pointed toward me, I have to hold my cover. Standby."
“It’s either a shotgun or a long gun the female has in her hand. The juvenile male looks like he has something in his hand as well," he stated.
Five gunshots can be heard seconds later.
Maxwell is seen ducking for cover before instructing one of the kids to “put the gun down now.” Gunshots then ring out in the distance.
Nicole can be heard screaming in agony. She was shot in the chest and the arm and is reportedly in critical but stable condition.
Travis ended up surrendering.
Chitwood estimates the two runaways fired several dozen rounds over the course of about 30 minutes.
Nicole and Travis reportedly ran away from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home on Tuesday around 4:15 PM.
Police were called by a staff member who informed them the boy was a severe diabetic and needed insulin.
According to the police report, the kids saw the homeowners leave and used a shovel, a crowbar, and rocks to smash the windows and break-in.
Chitwood revealed the 8 officers who fired the shots have been put on leave -- which is a standard procedure.