Victim in Violent Stockton Bank Robbery Was Killed by Officers’ Gunfire: Police Chief

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Misty Holt-Singh, shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page, died July 16, 2014, during a gun battle between police and bank robbers in Stockton.

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Officials Monday said a Stockton woman taken hostage and used as a human shield during a bank robbery turned police chase last month was killed by gunfire from officers, not the suspects.

A preliminary ballistics report indicates it was bullets from the police that killed Misty Jean Holt-Singh during the chaotic July 16 gun battle, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said. Initial reports suggest she was shot about 10 times, he added.

The three suspects in the case — two of whom were also killed — fired more than 100 bullets during the one-hour incident and had more than 200 remaining, Jones said. Preliminary reports show 33 police officers fired an estimated 600 bullets, he added.

Jones said his department was “deeply saddened” by the 42-year-old’s death, and said there would be an external review of tactics and procedures used that day. But the chief blamed the suspects for a series of violent acts he said ultimately led to Holt-Singh’s death.

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