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A recording shows that California deputies shot and killed a kidnapped teenager as she ran toward them

LOS ANGELES — A teenage girl who had been abducted by her father was following a sheriff’s deputy’s instructions and seemed to be giving up when other deputies fatally shot her during a gun fight on a Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A teenage girl who had been abducted by her father was following a sheriff’s deputy’s instructions and seemed to be giving up when other deputies fatally shot her during a gun fight on a Southern California highway, according to recently revealed video and audio recordings.

Savannah Graziano, 15, was shot and killed as she approached San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies amid a barrage of gunfire on Sept. 27, 2022. Her father, 45-year-old Anthony Graziano, was also fatally shot.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released the audio and video clips, including a highly produced and narrated 15-minute video, on Friday in response to public records requests made by The Associated Press and other media outlets. The deputies did not have body-worn cameras, but video footage was recorded by a sheriff’s helicopter and witness dashboard cameras.

Before Savannah and her father were shot, deputies pursued Graziano’s pickup truck for some 70 miles, including along Highway 15. A helicopter crew following the chase reported shots fired from the driver’s side. Other shots were fired from the passenger’s side, according to a deputy and a passing motorist. It is unclear who was shooting from the pickup truck.

The truck and deputies’ vehicles came to a stop on the desert interstate east of Los Angeles in Hesperia, about 35 miles north of Fontana, where her father had shot and killed her mother — his estranged wife — a day earlier.

Savannah Graziano was just steps from safety when she was killed, the video shows.

A deputy, taking cover behind a sheriff’s SUV, repeatedly shouts to her, “Passenger, get out!” and “Come to me, come to me!”

Wearing tactical gear and a helmet, the teenager gets out of the pickup truck from the passenger side and runs toward the deputy, briefly crouching to the ground as he continues to give her commands.

But as she rises from her crouch and starts toward the deputy, others from a higher elevation open fire. The deputy screams: “Stop! Stop shooting her! He’s in the car! Stop!”

The deputy’s shouts were not broadcast over the radio, the sheriff’s department said, but the audio was captured by his belt recorder.

A deputy in the helicopter can be heard saying “Oh, no” over the radio after the teen was shot.

For months, officials would not say whether it was her father or the deputies who killed Savannah Graziano. In the new video, the narrator says the Grazianos “were struck by deputy rounds and died of their injuries.”

The agency has yet to release autopsy reports for the teenager, her father or her mother, Tracy Martinez, and it has not named the deputies involved. A spokesperson for the agency did respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The department said four sheriff’s department vehicles were struck by gunfire during the pursuit, and deputies seized multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds from the pickup truck, as well as flash bangs, smoke grenades, body armor and tactical helmets.

Savannah Graziano was not armed when she was shot.

The state Department of Justice, who is investigating the shooting, directed media questions to their 2022 news release and refused to provide further comment.

Savannah Graziano saw her mother’s killing from the rear seat of her father’s pickup truck, officials said. He got out with a pistol and shot several times at Martinez near an elementary school during morning drop-off, causing students and parents to seek cover.

Anthony Graziano also fired at a father and child near the school, the sheriff’s department said. Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Savannah Graziano after the shooting in Fontana.

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