Court hearing held for girl accused in shootout with Volusia deputies

2 children accused of breaking into Enterprise home, shooting at deputies

A 14-year-old girl accused of breaking into a home and using guns inside to shoot at Volusia County deputies made her first appearance before a judge on Tuesday from a bed. Deputies said she is still receiving medical care at a juvenile detention facility.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A brief court hearing was held Wednesday for a teenage girl accused of engaging in a shootout with Volusia County sheriff’s deputies.

The girl, now 15, and a younger boy, broke into an Enterprise home last year and used the homeowner’s guns, including an AK-47, to fire at deputies, according to sheriff’s officials.

[RELATED: Body-cam video shows shootout | TRENDING: Become a News 6 Insider]

No deputies were injured in the shooting, but the girl, then 14, was struck in the chest when deputies returned fire, according to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood. She was critically wounded but has since recovered, officials said. The then 12-year-old boy was not injured.

Deputies said the boy and girl ran away from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, a foster home, and broke into the house.

The girl was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, which could result in a life sentence.

Last month, she rejected a plea deal that would have sent her to prison for 20 years.

During Wednesday’s hearing, which lasted a few minutes, a case-management conference was scheduled for Aug. 4.

Check back for updates.

Get today’s headlines in minutes with Your Florida Daily:


News 6 originally decided to name and show pictures of the children due to the seriousness of the incident and the charges they are facing; however, we have made the decision to change course on naming them or showing pictures after learning of their mental health history.

About the Author:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.