Thursday, 25 April 2024

Cops Shoot Teenage Kidnapping Victim Who Ran Towards Them For Help, Newly Released Footage Shows

According to multiple reports, newly released footage shows the moment California police officers fatally shot a 15-year-old kidnapping victim.

“The harrowing footage released Monday shows Savannah Graziano slowly approaching officers along the 15 Freeway in Hesperia, Calif. on Sept. 27, 2022, one day after witnessing her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, murder her mother, Tracy Martinez,” the New York Post reports.

From the New York Post:

Moments later, gunfire erupts and Savannah is shot down in the crossfire.

“Stop shooting her! He’s in the car! Stop! She’s OK! He’s in the car! … Stop!” the deputy can be heard yelling.

The footage was released after reporters requested it under the California Public Records Act.

Officers from San Bernadino County were seen pulling Graziano’s truck over just before he fired shots at them using a semiautomatic weapon, officials said.

The truck was tailed for about 70 miles until Graziano attempted to take it up an embankment.

The teen can be seen getting out of the vehicle, as an officer says over the radio, “The girl’s out, the female juvie is out. She’s out on the passenger side.”

The deputies were not wearing body cameras at the time of the incident, but audio footage from a nearby officer was released of Savannah getting out of the car.


“In the footage, Savannah was seen following cops’ instructions, crawling on her hands and knees along the 15 freeway in Hesperia, California, as a deputy takes cover by a police SUV before she is shot dead in a hail of gunfire,” Daily Mail wrote.


Daily Mail reports:

Cops had previously claimed Savannah was shot because she was wearing tactical equipment and fired back, however the footage appears to prove that she was unarmed.

The tragic video of the shooting was released Monday after journalists requested it under the California Public Records Act.

When Tracy was killed, investigators issued an AMBER Alert for the teen, and quickly responded when a civilian spotted the dad and daughter

Deputies from San Bernadino County tried to pull Anthony Graziano’s truck over just before 11am when they were fired at by the father who had a semiautomatic weapon, officials with the sheriff’s department said.

Authorities followed the truck for about 70 miles, as the father continued to fire at them before Graziano tried and failed to take his vehicle up an embankment. It was claimed by police at the time that Savannah may also have been firing from the vehicle.

He came to a stop 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 it shows Graziano attempting to go in reverse on the road as he fires again.

The 15-year-old Savannah can then be seen getting out of the car, as an officer says over the radio: ‘The girl’s out, the female juvie is out. She’s out on the passenger side.’

She keeps a low crouch but starts moving quickly toward the officers when suddenly a gunshot rings out and the footage blurs Graziano’s body.

The sheriff’s department deputies were not wearing body cameras but audio was released from an officer near the girl as she was getting out.

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

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

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