Stockton, CA., Stunned By Bank Robbery, Hourlong Chase; 3 Dead


Even in a city long plagued by violent crime, the bank robbery Wednesday in Stockton, Ca., left veteran police officers stunned, says the Los Angeles Times. The robbers led police on a wild hourlong chase, holding hostages from the bank as human shields. Periodically, the robbers would slow down, waiting for pursuing officers to come into view before opening fire with an AK-47-style assault rifle and other weapons. The pursuit ended in a minute-long gun battle that left two suspects and one hostage dead. Police said a third suspect survived uninjured because he used the hostage to shield himself from officers’ bullets.

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