Sheriff: James DiMaggio fired at least one shot

Idaho StatesmanAugust 12, 2013 

— James Lee DiMaggio, who was shot and killed Saturday by an FBI agent in the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, fired at least one shot before he was killed, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said today.

Gore also revealed that 16-year-old Hannah Anderson had not known until after she was rescued Saturday that her mother Christina and her brother Ethan, 8, had been murdered before she was abducted, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Their bodies were found Aug. 4 in DiMaggio's burning home in east San Diego County, near the Mexican border.

Hannah and her father Brett Anderson were reunited Sunday at an unnamed Boise hospital, FBI spokesman Jason Pack told the Associated Press.

Dimaggio was armed with at least one firearm that he carried in a shoulder holster, Gore said in remarks reported by the Los Angeles Times.

"Obviously we would've liked Mr. DiMaggio to surrender and face justice in the court of law, but that's not going to be the case," said Gore, quoted by USA Today.

The FBI has refused to provide details about the shooting, saying no information will be released until after an internal investigation into the shooting that led to DiMaggio's death is completed. On Saturday in Cascade, Mary Rook, the FBI agent in charge of the bureau's Salt Lake City office, would not say whether DiMaggio was shot during a confrontation or whether DiMaggio had resisted.

Two U.S. marshals in a plane spotted the pair at a campsite on Saturday. Two teams of agents trained for hostage situations were dropped onto the ground by a helicopter away from the lake. It took two hours for them to reach the campsite. They waited until DiMaggio and Hannah separated before moving in.

Hannah was taken safely from the scene and DiMaggio was fatally wounded.

A West Coast manhunt began after the bodies of Christina and Ethan Anderson were found. Amber alerts were issued in several western states and efforts focused on the Northwest after several sitings of DiMaggio's blue 2013 Nissan Versa were reported in Oregon and Washington.

Four Sweet residents camping in the Frank Church wilderness and riding on horseback encountered DiMaggio and Hannah twice on Wednesday. It wasn't until they returned home on Thursday they learned about the search for the two Californians.

Mark John contacted Idaho State Police investigator Tom Nesbitt, who grew up in Gem County and who worked as a Gem County deputy when John was sheriff. That led to a search in the wilderness that located DiMaggio's car on Friday. More than 200 Valley County and Ada County deputies and officers from other local, state and federal agencies, including the FBI, arrived on Friday and Saturday in Cascade to assist in the search.

"It's now healing time," Brett Anderson wrote in a text message to CNN after her rescue.

Her maternal grandmother, Sara Britt, told USA Today that joy over Hannah's rescue will give way to mourning the death of the teenager's mother and brother.

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