Thirty-three Stockton, Calif., police officers fired more than 600 shots last year at the getaway vehicle used by three bank robbers, who took three women hostage and entered into a rolling gunbattle with cops that killed one of the hostages after she was struck by 10 police bullets, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. A 60-page review of the shooting by the Police Foundation said officers made “a great many smart and courageous decisions.” But it said 600 shots were “excessive and unnecessary,” with some officers firing only because they saw their colleagues firing, and many officers shooting “after the threat had been eliminated.”
The report came as the husband of Misty Holt-Singh, 41, the hostage killed by police gunfire, planned to file a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Stockton, saying police used excessive force. The July 16, 2014, episode, in which two of the three suspects were killed by police, was one of the most violent and chaotic clashes between cops and criminals in law enforcement history, authors of the report wrote. The suspects fled at speeds over 100 mph in a hostage's SUV while firing more than 200 rounds of gunfire from an AK-47 assault rifle. It was a “law enforcement nightmare,” said Jim Bueermann, head of the Police Foundation, that Stockton police were ill-prepared to deal with.