A California tragedy: James DiMaggio's fascination with Hannah Anderson

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 2:29pm

The man suspected of kidnapping a teenage girl and killing her mother and brother fired at least one shot before he was killed in a confrontation with an FBI tactical agent deep in the Idaho wilderness this weekend, according to law enforcement.

The teen, Hannah Anderson, told authorities that James DiMaggio fired at least once, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told CNN affiliate KSWB.

The girl, allegedly held captive by DiMaggio, was unaware that her mother and brother were dead, authorities have learned after interviewing the 16-year-old.

DiMaggio held the girl for at least a week, spurring an intense search that spanned from Southern California to central Idaho.

It came to an end Saturday afternoon when a tip from horseback riders sent FBI agents swarming to a camping spot outside Cascade.

Hannah did not appear to have significant physical injuries and was reunited with her father Sunday.

"Obviously we would have liked for Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law," Gore said. "But that's not going to be the case."

But there were some signs, Hanna's grandparents said -- signs that DiMaggio was infatuated with Hannah and signs he was trying to lure the family to his home in rural San Diego County, near the Mexican border. 


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