facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hostage killed in California bank robbery was shot by police, used as human shield

"We wanted but never had the opportunity for hostage negotiations," confirm local police.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/i/UPI-3091407848997/2014/1/14078565506528/Hostage-killed-in-California-bank-robbery-was-shot-by-police-used-as-human-shield.jpg
STOCKTON, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Police in Northern California have revealed that a hostage killed during a failed July bank robbery was killed by police gunfire when one of the suspects allegedly used her as a human shield.

On July 16, at least three men armed with semi-automatic rifles attempted to rob a Bank of the West in Stockton, igniting an hour-long gun fight and car chase that left three people dead.

Two of the deceased were suspects in the robbery, but the third, Misty Holt-Singh, was a hostage taken from the bank and used as a human shield.

"We wanted but never had the opportunity for hostage negotiations," Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said in a press conference Monday. Jones said over 600 bullets were fired during the robbery and ensuing chase.

"The assailants were violent and attempted killing officers very early on."

Jones said the lone surviving suspect, Jamie Ramos, is only alive because used Holt-Singh to shield himself from police gunfire.

"That is consistent with the cowardice act by the surviving and uninjured assailant as using her as a shield."

In honor of Holt-Singh's memory, Jones said the department vows to review its hostage and combat procedures.

Follow @mckb26 and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
3
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
4
Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016 Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016
5
Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback