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Murder suspect, teen daughter killed during shootout with law enforcement

A man wanted in connection with a murder in Fontana on Monday is dead along with his teenage daughter after a shootout with police on Southbound Interstate 15 in Hesperia.

Sheriff Shannon Dicus said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that they believe the suspect's daughter, Savannah Graziano, 15, was the female passenger injured in the shootout. He added they are awaiting further confirmation from the coroner's office.

Dicus said the injured passenger was wearing tactical gear. She exited the vehicle and ran toward police during the shootout.

Dicus added that they are investigating whether the passenger also fired shots. One rifle was found in the vehicle.

Her father, Anthony John Graziano, 45, was accused of killing his wife during a domestic violence incident Monday morning in Fontana. An Amber Alert was issued after police said he fled with Savannah.

On Tuesday, a 911 caller reported seeing Anthony's vehicle in Barstow, according to the sheriff’s department. Authorities said a pursuit began and Graziano fired multiple shots out of the vehicle’s rear window.

The Nissan became disabled in Hesperia, authorities said. Deputies returned the suspect’s fire, hitting Graziano and the female passenger.

Authorities confirmed Anthony Graziano was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead just before noon.

Police announced that Southbound I-15 has been completely shut down. There is no ETA as to when the road may be back open.

Northbound I-15 is open but there is significant back up.

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