Murder Fugitive And His Daughter, 15, Killed During Shootout With Police On California Highway

A man accused of shooting his wife to death has been killed, along with his 15-year-old daughter, following a shootout with police in California.

Anthony John Graziano and his daughter Savannah
Anthony John Graziano and his daughter Savannah

San Bernadino Sheriff Shannon Dicus said during a press conference on Tuesday that murder suspect Anthony John Graziano had been shot dead by police.

Graziano had been with his 15-year-old daughter Savannah after allegedly killing his wife, which led to the Fontana Police Department issuing an Amber Alert. Dicus said that the alert included details of Graziano's vehicle which was sent to the California Patrol.

According to Dicus, at 10.25am on Tuesday, authorities received a report that Graziano's vehicle had been spotted. Officers arrived at the area, on Highways 395 and 58, and "encountered the suspect 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," said Dicus.

The pursuit continued down Highway 58 to I-15 near Glenwood before a second patrol car arrived.

He added: "The suspect was firing back at our deputies the entire time, shooting the second car, causing it to become disabled."

Further down the I-15, near Victorville and Hesperia, the suspect vehicle veered off the road, and multiple patrol cars attempted to contain him.

Dicus said: "As a result of that, a firefight ensued. During that firefight, the suspect vehicle comes to rest - at which time a suspect 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.

"Deputies then started to clear the car to make it safe and render medical aid."

Anthony John Graziano died at the scene.

15-year-old Savannah was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11.52am.

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