Matthew Graham dead after carjacking, shooting

Jul 13, 2015 10:58 PM by News Staff

The manhunt for Matthew Graham is over.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Monday, he believes missing 6-month-old Ember Graham is dead, and the man considered a person of interest in her disappearance is now dead as well.

During a news conference on the suspected death of Matthew Graham, Bosenko said a Shasta Lake husband and wife were carjacked at gunpoint Monday morning by the 23-year-old. Police tracked the car through its navigation system and chased it to the Dunsmuir area.

The stolen car was located on Francis Street, just south of Dunsmuir, and witnesses told the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office they saw Graham flee southbound. A K-9 unit caught Graham's scent and tracked it to a nearby garage, where a shooting ensued.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office officially confirmed Graham's death on their Facebook page Monday night.

Graham reported his daughter Ember's disappearance from his Happy Valley home on July 2. He was arrested on a probation violation July 3 and was named a person of interest after giving inconsistent statements to investigators.

In the days following Ember's disappearance, investigators said they obtained surveillance video from July 1 showing Matthew and Ember arriving at a convenience store, where he took her inside, and pumped fuel as well.

Sheriff's officials say Graham told them he took the baby to the store and then drove back home, but authorities say the video shows Graham driving the opposite direction from his home when he pulled out of the parking lot. The video shows his pickup truck heading toward his home about an hour later.

Graham was ultimately released from jail on July 8 and ordered to wear a GPS monitor, as well as report to a probation officer daily, however a Shasta County judge ordered that the GPS ankle monitor be removed the next day.

Bosenko has repeatedly said the court made a bad decision ordering the removal of Graham's ankle monitor, and that decision put the public in danger.

On Saturday, after learning search crews had found a pacifier resembling Ember's in the Ono area, Graham stole a semi-automatic gun from his mother and fled. He wasn't seen again until Sunday afternoon when he used his own ID to buy a pack of cigarettes at a Shell Gas Station in Shasta Lake City.

Nearly 70 searchers and K-9 teams combed through the Ono area Friday and Saturday, but officials say they were unable to find any new evidence.

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