A California woman taken hostage during a bank robbery was killed by police as they riddled a vehicle in which she was held with over 600 bullets, despite knowledge that she was inside — something the family of the murdered hostage says is “excessive and unreasonable force.”
Misty Holt-Singh, along with two other women, was taken hostage by robbers at the Bank of the West in Stockton, California as her 12-year old daughter watched the 41-year-old mother of two beg the men not to allow her daughter to see them take her. Misty was crying,” a witness to the robbery told KOVR. “She was saying her daughter was alone in the car. She said, ‘I don’t want my daughter to see me coming out with you,’ and they said, ‘Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen,’ and they took her anyway.”
Unfortunately, the robbers were unable to account for the actions of police during what would be a nearly hour-long high-speed chase that spanned 55 miles. The two other hostages were either thrown from, or jumped from, the car during the chase, leaving Holt-Singh alone with her captors.
Eventually, police trapped and surrounded the car — a development that could have been good news for the frightened victim. Unfortunately for her, we live in the United States, where trigger happy police are not much concerned with “collateral damage.” Stockton police opened fire on the car, 33 police officers riddling it with over 600 bullets despite knowing Holt-Singh was still in it.
Police say that the robbers opened fire first, unleashing a barrage of 100 bullets at them, but Holt-Singh’s family says they were excessive in their response. Ultimately, the mother was “served and protected” with at least ten bullets — all fired by police officers.
“Misty Holt-Singh died from gun shots fired by police officers as they confronted the bank robbers who used her as a human shield,” said Police Chief Eric Jones. Instead of taking responsibility for her death, police have charged the lone surviving suspect Jaime Ramos with her murder. “That is consistent with the cowardice act by the surviving and uninjured assailant as using her as a shield,” Jones said.
Whether or not police opening fire was warranted, how unqualified and untrained are they, if 600 rounds were needed?
Twenty of the officers involved have been placed on leave pending an investigation into Holt-Singh’s death.
The victim’s family has not taken legal action yet, but has not ruled out the option.
Watch chilling raw footage of police riddling the vehicle with bullets, below: