Police shoot and kill a 15-year-old kidnapping victim as she ran toward them for help.

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By Stephen M. Lepore for Dailymail.Com

06:55 April 2, 2024, updated 07:33 April 2, 2024

A 15-year-old girl was shot dead by police officers as she ran toward them for help after being kidnapped by her father, while one officer helplessly pleaded with other officers to stop shooting, shocking new video shows.

Savannah Graziano, 15, was murdered on September 27, 2022, after her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, He murdered his ex-wife Tracy Martínez and kidnapped his daughter.

The tragic video of the shooting was released on Monday after journalists requested it under the California Public Records Law. It shows that Savannah was following her instructions and it doesn’t prove, as the police had previously statedwho was wearing tactical gear when she was shot to death.

Footage shows the teen slowly advancing toward officers along Highway 15 in Hesperia as an officer takes cover with the front tire of a police van. Suddenly, gunshots erupt and the teen appears in a blur as the police kill her.

Stop shooting him! He’s in the car! Arrest! She is fine! She’s in the car! … Arrest!’ —the deputy pleads.

Police in California released video from 2022 of a teenage girl who was shot and killed as she ran toward officers for help escaping her kidnapper father, while an officer pleaded with them to stop firing.
Savannah Graziano, 15, was murdered on September 27, 2022, after her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, murdered his ex-wife Tracy Martinez the day before and kidnapped their daughter.

After Tracy was killed, investigators issued an AMBER Alert for the teen. A civilian saw the father and daughter and police responded.

San Bernadino County deputies tried to stop Anthony Graziano’s truck just before 11 a.m. when they were shot by the father who had a semi-automatic weapon, sheriff’s department officials said.

Authorities followed the truck for approximately 70 miles as the father continued shooting at them before Graziano unsuccessfully attempted to drive his vehicle up an embankment. He stopped on the side of the road, about 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The newly released footage includes a camera from the sheriff’s department helicopter and shows Graziano attempting to back up on the road while firing again.

Savannah, 15, can then be seen getting out of the car, as an officer says over the radio: “The girl is out, the girls’ reformatory is out.” She is on the passenger side.

She remains low but begins to move quickly toward the officers when suddenly a gunshot rings out and the images blur Graziano’s body.

The sheriff’s department deputies were not wearing body cameras, but an officer who was near the girl played audio as she exited.

He repeatedly shouts: ‘Passenger, get out! Come here! Come to me! Come, come, come… walk, walk, walk.’

Back on the radio, after the 15-year-old is shot, an officer can be heard with a resigned ‘oh no.’

Graziano had killed his ex-wife the day before and kidnapped his daughter.
After Tracy was killed, investigators issued an AMBER Alert for the teen. A civilian saw the father and daughter and police responded.
Authorities followed the truck for approximately 70 miles as the father continued shooting at them before Graziano unsuccessfully attempted to drive his vehicle up an embankment. He stopped on the side of the road.
The teen remains low but begins to move quickly toward the officers when a gunshot suddenly rings out and the images blur Graziano’s body.
‘Passenger, get out! Come here! Come to me! Come, come, come… walk, walk, walk,’ an officer yelled at the teenager.
Officials previously said the officers involved had a different view of the truck since they were at a higher elevation than where it stopped. The officers fired because they saw a person get out of the truck and walk toward the nearest officer, officials said, unaware that he had called her.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said at the time of the shooting that it appeared Graziano was running toward deputies wearing “tactical gear,” but aerial footage shows that while Savannah is clearly speeding up, she is still moving in a crouch. and his suit is still unclear.

One officer was wounded by shrapnel during the shooting, Dicus said.

Officials have also suggested that Savannah may have shot at the officers along with her father, but this remains under investigation.

Weapons, ammunition, stun and smoke grenades and tactical helmets were found at the scene.

The firearms were legally the property of Graziano, who was neither on probation nor parole. Savannah’s younger brother told investigators that the brothers grew up around guns.

Savannah was pronounced dead at the scene, while her father Anthony was also eventually shot dead, although footage does not show when it happened.

“There needs to be better training so they don’t kill unarmed people,” said CJ Wyatt, Savannah’s uncle. The Guardian.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus said at the time of the shooting that it appeared Graziano was running toward deputies wearing “tactical gear,” but aerial footage shows that while Savannah is clearly speeding up, she is still moving in a crouch. and his suit is still unclear
CJ Wyatt, Tracy Martinez’s brother (pictured), says he blames his ‘abusive and manipulative’ husband for Savannah’s death.
‘Hopefully, this video can be used for training; you have to do something different. “She didn’t have to die,” Wyatt said of Savannah.

‘Hopefully, this video can be used for training; you have to do something different. “She didn’t have to die,” Tracy’s brother said.

Wyatt ultimately blames Savannah’s “abusive and manipulative” father, Anthony.

“She was a very sweet girl deep down and she didn’t deserve this.”

Graziano shot Martinez several times and also turned and shot at a nearby car with his daughter Savannah in the back seat. Witnesses and two videos, one from a bystander and another from a doorbell, show she stood still while her mother screamed.

“She’s just sitting in the back seat,” said Sgt. said Christian Surgent.

Authorities had previously said the teen was elsewhere during her mother’s murder and was later kidnapped by her father.

Martinez was able to identify her killer as Graziano before he died, Surgent said, but he never mentioned his daughter being there. None of the videos showed the shooting.

Relatives told investigators the couple was divorcing. Martínez was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Law enforcement officers and vehicles surrounded the vehicle (far left) driven by Anthony John Graziano, 45, after a shooting.
Graziano also died in the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation by the state Department of Justice under a law that requires police officers involved in the killings to be publicly named.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office did not provide any further statements or details about the shooting.

Officials previously said the officers involved had a different view of the truck since they were at a higher elevation than where it stopped.

The officers fired because they saw a person get out of the truck and walk toward the nearest officer, officials said, unaware that he had called her.

The incident remains under investigation by the state Department of Justice under a law that requires police officers involved in the killings to be publicly named.

The sheriff’s department has faced increased scrutiny in recent months as it faces several wrongful arrests and death lawsuits last year.

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