Southern California murder suspect killed in desert shooting
Investigators issued an Amber Alert after he drove off with his daughter in a white 2017 Nissan Frontier with California plates.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A 15-year-old abducted girl and her father – a fugitive wanted in the death of the teen’s mother – were killed in a shootout with law enforcement Tuesday on a highway in the high desert, authorities said.
The teenager, Savannah Graziano, was wearing tactical gear as she ran towards sheriff’s deputies during the shooting, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus.
Authorities have not said whether the teenager was hit by bullets fired by her father or responding deputies.
She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before noon.
Her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene at Hesperia. He allegedly killed his ex-wife in a domestic violence incident Monday in the town of Fontana.
Investigators had issued an Amber Alert after Graziano fled with his daughter. He had been described as armed and dangerous.
His truck was spotted in Barstow on Tuesday morning, prompting a chase where Graziano repeatedly shot deputies with a rifle while driving, authorities said.
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