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600 Police Gunshots During California Bank Robbery Were 'Excessive,' Report Says

August 18, 2015  | 

The more than 600 rounds that Stockton, Calif., police fired during a rolling gun battle with bank robbers last year that left a hostage dead by officers' bullets was "excessive" and "unnecessary," according to the Police Foundation, a research group based in Washington, D.C.

The report released Monday detailed how Stockton police responded to the July 16, 2014, armed robbery of a Bank of the West branch, where three gunmen took three women hostage and fired at officers from a speeding SUV, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The group found that 32 officers unloaded more than 600 rounds during the hour-long rolling gun battle, which spanned three counties, 63 miles of highway and reached speeds of 120 mph. One of the hostages, Misty Holt-Singh, was killed when she was struck by 10 police bullets, authorities said. The two other hostages jumped or were thrown from the vehicle during the chase and survived.

Police officials said they fired on the vehicle to potentially save lives because the men in the car were shooting indiscriminately. The gunmen disabled 14 police cars with gunshots, the report stated.

Since the incident, Holt-Singh's family has sued the department, and the surviving gunman has been charged with murder.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/18/2015 7:58 PM

Let the research group handle the next armed bank robbery and see how they handle it. Easy to say this and that until you are confronted with the stark realization that its happening right now.

TBOW426 @ 8/19/2015 8:17 AM

A research foundation from Washington DC. So, how many investigators did they send 3,000 miles to Stockton CA? How many witnesses / cops did they interview? I seriously doubt any cop talking to them. Must have talked to the same witnesses that said Michael Brown had his hands up saying don't shoot. Hate the hostage was shot by police, but what do you do? Stop chasing and let the perps murder all the hostages?

TBOW426 @ 8/19/2015 9:06 AM

Have to admit my first post was before I actually read the report. Thought this foundation was some kind of liberal BS site. Went to their website and read the entire thing. Lots of interviews with command and line officers. I urge everyone on this site to do the same and put yourself in the shoes of the Stockton officers. The headline is misleading to the max. The report starts out by calling all the Stockton PD officers heroes. The incident is dissected minute by minute and points out how fluid the situation was and even states "sometimes things go bad" no matter how hard we try to minimize civilian casualties and injuries.

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