A 15-year-old girl and her fugitive father who kidnapped her died Tuesday in a highway shootout with police in California, officials said.
Savannah Graziano was running to the San Bernardino County Sheriff in tactical gear as officers shot his father, Anthony John Graziano, who is wanted for the murder of Savannah’s mother.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dickus said Savannah may have been responsible for some of the gunfire.
“There may be some indication that the passenger of the vehicle we believe to be Savannah may have been involved in the exchange of fire,” Dickus said at a news conference, calling the matter “highly complicated.”
“There may be some information that the passenger was involved in firing back at the deputy and we are still trying to confirm that.”
Dickus did not say whether it was the bullets fired by the police or the bullets from the girl’s own father that killed her.
Savannah was taken to the hospital, where she was declared brought dead. His father died on the spot, Police said on Twitter.
Police said it would take “at least 24 hours” for new information to emerge due to the wide area where the shots were fired.
Graziano was on the run since Monday morning after he allegedly shot his wife Tracy Martinez in Fontana, California, with multiple bullets.
He ran in the Nissan Frontier with the Savannah. An Amber Alert was issued that Graziano was armed and dangerous.
A 911 caller reported a police chase after seeing the car in Barstow on Tuesday.
The officers disabled the car, and Graziano began shooting at the officers from the rear window of his car.
post with wires