STOCKTON (AP) - The father of a slain bank robbery suspect says Stockton police acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.
The father of robbery suspect Alex Gregory Martinez, Greg Martinez, said Friday that he believes police's use of lethal force was justifiable. The suspect's girlfriend Monica Lam echoed Greg Martinez's sentiment.
"I don't condone what happened. I'm just as mad as everybody else, you know," Lam said. "We're all hurt and are still in shock."
Hostage Misty Holt-Singh was killed during the shootout. Greg Martinez expressed his condolences for her family.
"We'd like to send our condolences to the victim's family. We feel for them," Greg Martinez said.
On Wednesday, Alex Martinez, 30-year-old Gilbert Renteria Jr. and 19-year-old Jaime Ramos allegedly robbed a Bank of the West branch at Hammer Lane and Thornton Road and took three women hostage. Police said the robbers stole a bank employee's SUV and led dozens of police cars on a high-speed chase that lasted about 45 minutes.
The chase ended at Thornton Road and Otto Drive when the three suspects got into a gunbattle with law enforcement.
Alex Martinez and Renteria were killed in the shootout. Ramos survived his injuries and was booked into San Joaquin County Jail for homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder charges.
Police said Ramos used Holt-Singh as a shield during the gunbattle.
The two other hostages were shot by the suspects during the high-speed chase and then pushed out of the SUV. Both of their injuries were non-life threatening.