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Sheriff: Suspect in Idaho exchanged gunfire with FBI

  • FILE - This composite photo provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows: James Lee Dimaggio, 40, left, Ethan Anderson, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16, whose mother, Christina Anderson, 42, was one of two people found dead in a house fire Sunday night, Aug. 4, 2013. Late Friday evening, Aug. 9, 2013, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said its crime laboratory has identified the body found in the rubble of the burned house as 8-year-old Ethan Anderson. A brief statement Friday night Aug. 9, 2013 said that investigators identified the charred body of Ethan Anderson through DNA extracted from the boy's bone marrow. The body was found Sunday along with the body of the boy's mother Christina Anderson, who investigators say was murdered. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department, File)

SAN DIEGO — A close family friend suspected of abducting a 16-year old girl after killing her mother and younger brother fired at least one shot at FBI rescuers before agents killed him deep in the Idaho wilderness, authorities said Monday.

Hannah Anderson didn't know her mother and brother were dead until she was rescued, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Monday.

"It was clear from the information that we received that she was under extreme duress," Gore told KSWB-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Diego. "She was taken out of the county, out of the state, clearly against her will."

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, fired at least one shot from "a shoulder weapon" Saturday during the rescue, Gore said. "The first rule is to try to rescue the hostage here and hopefully take the subject alive. That did not happen in this case."

Hannah's father, Brett Anderson, reunited with his daughter Sunday at an undisclosed hospital in Boise, where she was flown hours after her rescue from a camp near an alpine lake. Hannah also rejoined her gray cat, which she had with her in the wilderness.


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