New details emerge in the fatal shooting of Matthew Graham

Jul 14, 2015 8:55 PM by News Staff

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department held a news conference Tuesday and released new details about the events leading up to the death of Matthew Graham.

Just after 7 a.m., deputies got a call that Graham, the father or missing 6-month-old Ember Graham, had been spotted heading north on Interstate 5 in a Buick he carjacked from a City of Shasta Lake couple.

Graham left the freeway and turned onto a residential street just south of Dunsmuir, and then fled from the car.

Using a K-9 deputies tracked Graham to a nearby garage, but as they approached Graham opened fire and authorities shot back.

A handful of law enforcement officials surrounded the garage, but Graham refused to surrender. A second exchange of gunfire broke out, and Graham was fatally wounded.

According to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, 58 law enforcement agents from a handful of agencies were involved in the manhunt for Matthew Graham. Thirteen of them, including nine Shasta County Sheriff's Deputies, two Siskiyou County Sheriff's Deputies and two from the California Highway Patrol have been placed on paid administrative leave.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.


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