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Volusia deputies cleared in shootout with 2 children

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DAYTONA BEACH — Eight Volusia County sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shootout with two children, officials said.

The state attorney’s office said in a letter dated Wednesday officials had reviewed the reports about the June 1 shootout.

“Based on a review of the investigat­ion and the informatio­n provided, no further action is warranted by this office,” according to the letter signed by 7th Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza.

A 14-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy ran away from a group home in Enterprise and broke into a an unoccupied home. As Volusia County Sheriff ’s deputies arrived at the home, the children started firing at them with firearms they’ve found inside, officials said.

The girl was shot multiple times but survived. The boy surrendere­d to deputies. No deputies were injured.

“The young lady did write an apology letter to us, that she was sorry for shooting at us and she hopes the deputies can find it in their heart to forgive her,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

She has been charged as an adult on multple charges, including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcemen­t officer, burglary of a dwelling while armed with a firearm and criminal mischief. The boy is facing juvenile charges. They both remain in custody.

 ?? VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ?? Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood addresses the media Tuesday night after deputies engaged in a shootout with a 14- year-old girl and a 12- year-old boy in an Enterprise home the two children had reportedly broken into.
VOLUSIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood addresses the media Tuesday night after deputies engaged in a shootout with a 14- year-old girl and a 12- year-old boy in an Enterprise home the two children had reportedly broken into.

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