HESPERIA, CA. (THECOUNT) — Savanna Graziano, the teen at the at the center of an Amber Alert in Fontana, California on Monday, was killed Tuesday afternoon during a shootout between deputies and her father, the alleged kidnapping suspect.
Graziano, 15, who was abducted by her father, Anthony Graziano, after he fatally shot her mother, suffered gunshot wounds and died following a police pursuit and subsequent shootout with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday.
Anthony Graziano shot and killed the girl’s mother during a domestic violence-related incident Monday morning and then took the teen hostage.
At 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, a citizen called sheriff’s dispatch center reporting that they spotted the suspect’s pickup truck. Graziano led authorities on a pursuit that began in the Barstow area. During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said that Graziano shot at deputies as he led them on a multiple jurisdiction pursuit, reports FOX11.
The suspect’s vehicle eventually became disabled on the 15 Freeway near Bear Valley Road in the Victorville/Hesperia area, officials said. A fire fight ensued between Graziano and the deputies. When the vehicle came to rest, a girl in tactical gear exited the passenger side of the vehicle. The girl ran at deputies but collapsed on the way to the patrol vehicles. She was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced dead. Dicus identified the girl as Savanna.