SUMTER COUNTY, FL – Sumter County Sheriff’s Officer officials confirmed the arrest of a 15-year-old male for the fatal shooting of two teenagers in Wildwood that occurred back in May. Authorities have released the name of the juvenile suspect arrested.
“Wanted To Kill Someone” 15-Year-Old Florida Teen Arrested In Double Homicidehttps://t.co/Eb6qLvfrlc
— The Free Press (@tampafreepress) June 13, 2021
Chief Deputy Chris Haworth said that 15-year-old Clarence “CJ” Patterson was arrested on June 10th for the fatal shootings of 16-year-old Prestin Nixon and 17-year-old Isaiah Nelson.
Prior to the arrest of Patterson, Captain Jon Galvin described the murders as being “brutal and senseless” with investigators suspecting at the onset that someone familiar with the teens was behind the murders.
Following the arrest of Patterson, Chief Deputy Haworth said that the potential motive behind the case was that Patterson didn’t like one of the victims and simply wanted to commit a murder:
“The only motivation for this senseless crime was that CJ Patterson did not like one of the victims and wanted to kill someone.”
The investigation into the killings is still ongoing.
It’s unclear as of this time whether Patterson will be charged as an adult for the alleged murders, as Chief Deputy Haworth noted that the case is still in the hands of prosecutors.
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In other news coming from Florida, two juveniles are also facing some serious charges after allegedly engaging in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies in Volusia County earlier in June.
Here’s that previous report.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – According to officials, a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy broke into a home, acquired several firearms from inside said home, and allegedly engaged in a shootout with Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies on the evening of June 1st.
Surprisingly, no deputies were harmed, but the 14-year-old girl was reportedly non-fatally shot during the exchanged gunfire.
“I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and 14-year-old think it’s OK to take on law enforcement?” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. https://t.co/FI3m8alQr6
— CNN (@CNN) June 2, 2021
According to a press release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a 12-year-old boy, identified as Travis O’Brien, and a 14-year-old girl, identified as Nicole Jackson, had both ran away from a group home and broke into a house in Enterprise.
Apparently, the two juveniles had armed themselves with a shotgun and an AK-47 that was found inside of the home they’d broken into. Officials say that O’Brien had fired upon deputies responding to the break-in with the AK-47.
Jackson also allegedly fired at deputies.
Deputies had taken cover while they were coming under fire. The standoff between deputies and the suspects lasted over 30 minutes, according to officials.
12-year-old Travis O’Brien is charged with attempted murder. He is one of two children accused of opening fire on deputies in central Florida.
— WEAR ABC 3 (@weartv) June 3, 2021
Jackson had allegedly emerged from the garage while pointing a shotgun at deputies, according to the VCSO press release:
“The 14-year-old girl was shot and wounded after she came out of the garage at 1050 Enterprise Osteen Road and pointed a shotgun at deputies outside the house. The 12-year-old boy, armed with an AK-47, finally put down his weapon shortly thereafter and was not injured.
“Both children had fired at deputies multiple times throughout the incident as deputies attempted to resolve it peacefully. No deputies were injured.”
Jackson was reportedly shot in the abdomen and arm, with her last being reported in stable condition but still hospitalized.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood commented on the case, rhetorically asking what the world has come to with children shooting at law enforcement:
“I don’t know what to say. Where have we gone wrong that a 12-year-old and 14-year-old think it’s OK to take on law enforcement?”
Charging affidavits for both of the juveniles indicate that they’re both being charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and armed burglary.
During a police interview with O’Brien after he was taken into custody, the youth allegedly told investigators that once both he and Jackson saw deputies had responded to the home they’d broken into, Jackson allegedly told him:
“I’m gonna roll this down like GTA.”
Officials say that O’Brien had allegedly admitted to him and Jackson knowing that they were shooting at law enforcement officers during the standoff.
Sheriff Chitwood stated that O’Brien told investigators that “he knew they were cops when he shot them because he wanted to harm them.”
Sheriff Chitwood noted that O’Brien has been in foster care since at least 2017, and while he has no criminal record, there have been documented incidents of him threatening people and school.
Apparently, O’Brien had at one point threatened a fellow student at school that he would kill him and “spread his guts all over the bleachers.”
Jackson, however, had been previously arrested for an arson case, which Sheriff Chitwood derided how the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice handled that previous case with Jackson:
“DJJ, who’s the gatekeeper, decides that arson isn’t a violent crime. So they’re going to return her back to her mother. Well, her mother obviously can’t control her, so they placed her into foster care.”
Sheriff Chitwood noted that Jackson had run away from foster care numerous times after being placed into the system, then adding “and then we all know what happened on June 1.”
O’Brien made an appearance before a judge on the morning of June 3rd where his charges were read off to him. Judge Michael Orfinger ordered the juvenile to be held for the next 21 days or until the next court order pertaining to the criminal case.
It is unclear when Jackson will be making her first court appearance since she’s still under care at the hospital.
This is a developing investigation.
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