Chief: Police killed California robbery hostage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Police say the hostage who died during a bank robbery and chase in Northern California was killed by police, not the suspects.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said Monday that the results of a preliminary ballistics report show that Stockton police fired the bullet or bullets that killed 41-year-old Misty Holt-Singh.

Holt-Singh was found dead at the end of last month's bank robbery and chase, which included a running gun battle between the three suspects and police before a final shootout.

Police have said the sole surviving suspect, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos, used Holt-Singh as a human shield, but they could not immediately tell whether she died from police gunfire or shots fired by the suspects.

They also did not know when she was killed.


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