Police: Bank robbery suspects intended to kill

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This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in California say the suspects who robbed a bank and took three people hostage also intended to kill people.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said at a news conference on Thursday he arrived at that conclusion based on the "havoc" the men created.

Police say the suspects took the three women hostage on Wednesday afternoon as they made their getaway and waged a ferocious, high-speed gunbattle with officers.

The getaway vehicle was eventually disabled, and police and the suspects got into a shootout.

One of the hostages and two suspects died. Jones said the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos, appears to have used one of the hostages as a shield.

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