Video reveals woman who died in 2022 Hesperia shootout was struck by deputy gunfire, seemed to be surrendering

Video reveals woman who died in 2022 Hesperia shootout was struck by deputy gunfire, seemed to be surrendering

The teenage woman shot to loss of life throughout a gun battle alongside the 15 Freeway in Hesperia in September 2022 was killed by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies as she seemed to be surrendering, in response to newly launched video and audio information.

WARNING: The video under is graphic and could also be disturbing to some viewers. The supply of the video is the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The information, acquired Friday, March 29, have been launched by the Sheriff’s Department in response to a California Public Records Act request filed 18 months in the past by the Southern California News Group.

Until the information have been made accessible, there had been questions as as to if Savannah Graziano, 15, was killed by gunfire from deputies or by her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, who was additionally killed within the shootout.

“Both Graziano and Savannah have been struck by deputy rounds and died of their accidents,” the introduction to one of many movies states.

The taking pictures is more likely to increase extra questions in regards to the coaching of the deputies, who have been already below scrutiny for current makes use of of pressure. On March 9, a deputy shot to loss of life 15-year-old autistic boy Ryan Gainer as he chased a deputy whereas wielding a backyard hoe outdoors his residence in Apple Valley. And on March 26, a deputy repeatedly kneed within the head a person who was face-down on the pavement throughout an arrest in Hesperia.

The Graziano case started on Sept. 26, 2022, when Fontana police say Graziano shot his spouse to loss of life and kidnapped their daughter. An Amber Alert was issued for his or her white 2017 Nissan Frontier the subsequent day. Then on Sept. 28, a clerk at a High Desert comfort retailer referred to as 911 when he acknowledged Savannah, who was shopping for snacks. Deputies discovered the pickup close to the junction of highways 395 and 58 close to Barstow, and a pursuit started that exceeded 100 mph.

The chase went alongside the 58 after which south on the 15, by Victorville and into Hesperia, with pictures being exchanged and a report of pictures from the pickup’s driver’s facet window.

One witness informed a dispatcher later that pictures have been additionally being fired from the pickup’s passenger facet. The narrator of the video stated the accuracy of that assertion continues to be below investigation. Sheriff Shannon Dicus stated on the time that Savannah was a “participant.” 

Graziano left the freeway lanes at Main Street, the place he drove the mistaken means up the freeway onramp and unsuccessfully tried to drive up an embankment and onto Main Street. As puffs of filth rose the place bullets have been hanging, the pickup rolled backward towards the freeway.

A patrol automotive was stopped on the freeway shoulder close to the place the pickup got here to relaxation.

That’s when Savannah, who the Sheriff’s Department stated within the video was carrying tactical gear and a helmet, obtained out of the Frontier.

“The feminine juvie is out,” a deputy aboard an overhead helicopter says, in response to the video. “She’s out on the passenger facet.”

Another file performs an audio recording from a deputy who was coaxing Savannah to return to her.

“Passenger, get out! Passenger, get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!” the deputy shouts.

Savannah fell to the pavement as she obtained out. As the deputy continued to shout orders, she obtained up and, hunched over, walked briskly towards him.

“Come right here! … Come to me! … Come come come come, stroll stroll stroll stroll,” he shouts.

“Stop! Stop taking pictures her! He’s within the automotive! Stop! She’s OK. He’s within the automotive! Stop!” the deputy shouts.

But different deputies apparently didn’t see the occasions unfolding the identical means.

“Deputies at a distance and better places and with differing fields of view noticed an individual exit the automobile and transfer towards different deputies,” the video narrator stated. “They discharged their service weapons because the individual stood up and moved towards the closest deputy. That deputy, who might see it was a passenger, was calling her over.”

The deputy within the helicopter witnessed the taking pictures.

“Ah, no,” he stated.

The state Department of Justice investigated the taking pictures below the state legislation that requires the DOJ to look at all deadly shootings by legislation enforcement officers of unarmed individuals. The DOJ didn’t reply to a request Monday in search of remark.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman, Mara Rodriguez, referred questions in regards to the taking pictures to the DOJ.

The Sheriff’s Department performed an inside investigation to find out whether or not deputies adopted coverage within the taking pictures. Rodriguez stated Monday that the division would reply to questions on that probe by a California Public Records Act request.

There have been no body-worn digicam pictures of the shootout as a result of the county had not but issued the recording units, which Dicus had promised can be rolled out by that point.



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