- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

STOCKTON, Calif. — Police in Central California say a second suspect has died after a bank robbery and gunbattle that led to the death of a hostage.

Stockton police say that in all, three people are dead in Wednesday’s violence, which included a high-speed chase that left cars and houses riddled with bullets.

The violence began when three people robbed a Bank of the West branch and took three women hostage. Police say the robbers stole a bank employee’s SUV and led dozens of police cars on a high-speed chase that last about 45 minutes.

During the chase, two of the hostages were thrown from the vehicle: one suffered a gunshot wound and the other had a grazing bullet wound.

As the SUV came to a stop, officers exchanged gunfire with someone inside the vehicle.

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