Fugitive Father and Abducted Teen Die in Shootout with Police

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Teen Girl at Center of Fontana Amber Alert Killed in Shootout With Police After Pursuit –  NBC 

A tragic ending to an Amber Alert that had been issued for fifteen-year-old Savannah Graziano. Savannah was taken by her father, Anthony John Graziano, after allegedly killing Savanah’s mother. According to Fontana Police, Graziano allegedly killed Tracy Martinez on Monday morning in Fontana, CA.

Reports detailed that the couple was estranged and going through a divorce. After Graziano fled, investigators issued the Amber Alert for Savannah.

It all went down on Tuesday when someone called in to report seeing the Amber Alert suspect and teenager in a white truck near Barstow. Sheriff’s officers said the truck matched the description of the 2017 Nissan that the suspect last drove.

It was around 11:15 a.m. when the California Highway Patrol began chasing the vehicle.

During the chase, Graziano fired at deputies out of his rearview window when deputies responded to that call. Officials described it as “constantly shooting back at the deputies.”

Somehow the vehicle stalled and “became disabled” on the shoulder of the highway in Hesperia, CA.

According to officials, Graziano and deputies engaged in a “firefight.”  As the police opened fire on the truck, Graziano was struck by the bullets.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said they believe the passenger was a 15-year-old girl. In the midst of the shootout, Savannah Graziano, wearing tactical gear, jumped out of the truck and ran toward the deputies. When the gunfire broke out, she was also struck.

According to reports, Anthony Graziano died at the scene, and Savannah was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.

Police will continue to investigate the fatal incident.

For more coverage on this story, see additional news sources below: 

  1. Teen Girl at Center of Fontana Amber Alert Killed in Shootout With Police After Pursuit  NBC Southern California
  2. Fontana kidnapping suspect killed, daughter injured in shooting in Hesperia  KTLA 5
  3. California murder suspect, teen daughter killed in shootout  Yahoo News
  4. Woman killed in Fontana domestic shooting was in process of divorcing husband  KTLA Los Angeles
  5. Authorities provide update after Amber Alert kidnapping suspect killed in shootout with deputies  FOX 11 Los Angeles
  6. An abducted teen and her fugitive father die in California shootout with officers – NBC News
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