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Stockton Police Invite Probe Of Bank Robbery

  

(AP) -- Stockton police have asked an outside group to probe officers' response to a bank robbery this summer that ended in the death of a hostage.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones announced Tuesday that he has asked the non-partisan, Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation to undertake the review. Jones says he wants to know whether police can take away any lessons from the July 16 robbery.

The three bank robbery suspects engaged in a gun battle with officers on city streets. Police say a preliminary report shows one of the hostages, 41-year-old Misty Holt-Singh, was killed by police during the shootout.

Jones has defended officers' decision to fire at the SUV while Holt-Singh was inside, saying they were under constant fire and were concerned the suspects would kidnap other hostages or  take over businesses or even a school.