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California Bank Robbery Hostage was Killed by Stockton Police During July Incident

August 12, 2014  | 

California bank robbery hostage Misty Holt-Singh, 41, died after being shot 10 times by Stockton police officers, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones revealed at a news conference Monday.

She was used as a human shield by the lone surviving assailant who took her hostage following a forceful takeover bank robbery and hourlong pursuit that traveled to Lodi and back again, the Stockton Record reports.

"On July 16, Misty Holt-Singh went to the bank and did not get to come home," a somber Jones told the media in an effort to keep the community informed and be as transparent as several ongoing investigations into the horrendous events of that day will allow.

"I have a duty and a responsibility as a community leader and police chief to provide some information today. Our preliminary investigation shows that Misty Holt-Singh died from shots fired by police officers," Jones said.

Jones met Sunday with Holt-Singh's husband, Paul Singh, to share that information with the family before making it known publicly.

Jones said during the entire incident, 33 officers used their weapons - most during the final gunbattle - firing more than 600 rounds of ammunition.

Jones said the assailants - Jaime Ramos, 19, Alex Gregory Martinez, 27, and Gilbert Renteria Jr., 30 - were extremely violent men who attempted to kill his officers "very early on. The violent incident was never contained." The heavily armed Martinez and Renteria were killed in the final gunbattle on Thornton Road near Otto Drive.

The assailants fired at least 100 bullets during the incident, Jones said, not even half of their ammunition supply. They were found with more than 200 unspent rounds when the shooting stopped, he said.

Tags: Bank Robberies, Stockton (Calif.) PD, Hostage Situations


Comments (5)

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Richard Jellicoe @ 8/13/2014 2:33 AM

I guess hostages are just fair game. No other solutions like I don't know maybe a sniper with a rife and a scope. I would think Stockton Police have one in stock. Or is this just a way to deter bad guys from taking hostages as the hostage's life has no value to anyone so using them as a human shield fails once the hostage falls dead. 600 rounds, no one knows how to aim in Stockton. With 600 rounds I could kill 600 people. Did the car have 600 people in it? Idiots

MLT @ 8/13/2014 4:13 AM

Lenny/Richard.......Boy, it sure is easy to judge officer's action while sitting in the safety of your comfortable chair propped up behind your computer. If you can do it better, have at it.

GH @ 8/13/2014 6:00 AM

Amen. Blame the bad guy, not the cops.

MD @ 8/13/2014 6:59 AM

Richard Jellicoe, SWAT teams with snipers are a luxury item that a lot of agencies can't afford right now. Marksmanship skills go out the window when your getting shot at, aiming is almost impossible when that much adrenaline is flowing through the body. Your statement about deterring bad guys with hostages is ludicrous, you really should grow up, know what you are talking about before letting your sewer pipe mouth run over. You're the idiot.

tbow426 @ 8/13/2014 8:06 AM

Running gunfight on a highway. SWAT sniper is next to useless!!!!Even if you can get one in position. Outside of the military I can't recall a sniper practicing shooting at a car running 40-50mph or faster and that was stopping the vehicle...not making a precision shot on someone inside the vehicle. 600 rounds with 600 hits??!!!??? BULLS***It's a tragedy all the way around!!!

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