A 15-year-old girl from California was shot and killed by police after attempting to escape from her kidnapper, according to authorities.
Earlier this week, the Fontana Police Department in California put out a press release about the abduction of 15-year-old Savanna Graziano. Authorities revealed she had been taken by her 45-year-old father Anthony John Graziano. The father was also a suspect in the shooting and killing of his wife and Savanna Graziano’s mother, Tracy Martinez, on Monday.
During a press conference, police announced Savanna Graziano was wearing body armor when she was shot by police, which caused them to be confused. Authorities have established a wider investigation into whether she was also armed when she was running toward police.
“On Monday, September 26, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shots fired call in the area of Cypress Avenue/Mallory Drive,” the press release read. “Officers arrived and found an adult female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The female was transported to a local trauma center, where she was pronounced deceased. This was a domestic violence incident. The suspect 45-year-old Anthony John Graziano, is considered armed and dangerous. It is believed he is with his 15-year-old daughter Savana Graziano.”
Police also described the vehicle Anthony Graziano was suspected to be riding in, which a witness eventually spotted. When police were given notice of his location with his daughter, a police chase ensued, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff, Shannon Dicus, who held a press conference on Tuesday following the shooting of both Anthony Graziano and his daughter.
“Barstow Deputies were dispatched to the area of Highway 395 and Highway 58 where the vehicle was seen,” Dicus said. “As the deputies arrived they encountered the suspect’s vehicle, a pursuit ensued and as a result of that pursuit, the suspect immediately starts firing at our deputies, putting several rounds through the windshield of the patrol unit.
“The suspect vehicle comes to rest at which a subject exits the passenger side of the vehicle wearing tactical gear. That subject starts to run towards Sheriff’s deputies and during the gunfire goes down. Sherriff’s deputies immediately go to clear the vehicle, make it safe and render medical aid.
“At which time they contact the subject wearing the tactical gear and we believe that both the suspect in the vehicle and the person who was in the tactical gear … was the 15-year old juvenile, Savannah.”