Victorville, California – A 15-year-old girl who was at the center of the Amber Alert died Tuesday afternoon in a shootout between San Bernardino County deputies and her suspected kidnapper. He was killed after fleeing authorities after his wife was shot dead.
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At 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center to report finding the suspect’s pickup truck. Suspect Anthony Graziano was leading authorities in a chase that began in the Barstow area. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said Graziano shot lawmakers when he led them in a multi-jurisdiction chase.
The suspect’s vehicle was eventually disabled on Freeway 15 near Bear Valley Road in the Victorville/Hesperia neighborhood, officials said. As the vehicle came to a stop, a girl in Tactical Her gear emerged from the passenger side of the vehicle. The girl ran to the deputies, but on the way to the police car she collapsed. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Dikas identified the girl as Savannah.
“This investigation will continue until we are able to provide more information about what happened and exactly what the circumstances were in relation to situations involving officers,” Dikas told reporters. “But at this point, both Anthony Graziano and Savannah are dead.”
The shootout completely closed the southbound 15 Freeway on Main Street. The area is expected to remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues. Currently, I-15 northbound is open, but has important backups. Main Street remains closed in both directions from Mariposa Road to Key Point His Drive until further notice, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.
Graziano was wanted Monday morning for shooting and killing his daughter’s mother in a domestic violence-related incident, according to Fontana Police Department officials. occurred around 7:30 am.
A woman was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in her home. She was taken to a local hospital, where she later died, police said.
After the shooting, Fontana police said Graziano kidnapped his daughter Savannah. Authorities were searching for a white 2017 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, which was later confirmed to be the one pictured during Tuesday’s shootout.
The California Highway Patrol tweeted just after 11:30 a.m. that they had disabled Savannah’s amber alert.