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Teenage girl tragically shot dead by police officers after escaping kidnapper dad’s car

Teenage girl tragically shot dead by police officers after escaping kidnapper dad’s car

Footage of Savannah Graziano death has been released

Harrowing footage of the moment a US teenager was shot dead in 2022 by police officers - after following instructions to exit the vehicle of her armed kidnapper - has been released to the public.

That September, 15-year-old Savannah Graziano was reported missing by her family, with fears that she'd been abducted by her own father.

An 'Amber Alert' for the teen was quickly issued after it was discovered that California-local, Anthony Graziano, had fatally shot Savannah's mother, Tracy Martinez, outside of a school the day prior to the heartbreaking incident.

After his location was determined by police in the days that followed, however, an 'armed and dangerous' Anthony dragged his daughter with him on a mission to escape.

He took to the roads, and after 45 minutes of firing at pursuing officers, the father's vehicle was cornered on the side of a freeway in Hesperia - spinning offroad - before Anthony was shot by deputies on the scene.

As Savannah subsequently attempted to climb out of the pick-up truck, however - as instructed by officers - the youngster was suddenly gunned down.

She was quickly transported to a hospital on Interstate 15, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Now - two years after her death - harrowing, newly-released aerial footage has been released to the public, showing what had occurred in the moments before her shock killing.

Savannah's uncle is calling for stricter training.

The heartbreaking clip - which was obtained from the San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s Department under the California Public Records Act - also includes audio, indicating the officers instructed her to exit the vehicle.

"Passenger, get out! Come here! Come to me! Come, come, come," deputies can be heard telling the terrified youngster. "Walk, walk, walk…"

Savannah is then shot at, and is seen dropping to the floor.

"Oh no," one law enforcement officer then says. "Stop shooting her, he’s in the car! Stop! She’s OK, he’s in the car… Stop."

The California Department of Justice have since launched an investigation into Savannah's death, after her devastated uncle told press that he expects repercussions.

"There needs to be better training so that unarmed people aren’t killed. Hopefully this video can be used for training – something has to be done differently.

"She didn’t have to die," CJ Wyatt told The Guardian.

Footage of Savannah's killing has been released to the public.
San Bernadino County Sherrif's Department

Police officials have also since claimed that deputies on the scene did not initially realise Savannah was only a teenage girl when she first emerged from the car, despite the footage implying otherwise.

The sheriff’s subsequent statement describing the distressing audio read: "You can hear [a deputy] calling her over and telling other deputies that the person who exited the truck was the passenger and for them to stop firing, but it was too late."

Tyla has contacted the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department for comment.

Featured Image Credit: California Highway Patrol/San Bernardino County Sheriff's

Topics: Crime, US News, News, World News