At Least Three Dead in California Bank Robbery and Police Chase

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_a94b041c06.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (STOCKTON, Calif.) -- At least three people are dead following a violent bank robbery and high-speed police chase in Stockton, California. Two suspects and a hostage lost their lives in Wednesday's incident. Three Latino men took three women hostage following the robbery at Bank of the West.

During the chase, which took law enforcement through the areas of Lodi and Stockton, the suspects continually shot at officers with AK-47 style rifles, according to police. "Both communities were at huge risk and top concerns were the hostages, but also the suspects taking more hostages or killing uninvolved people," Stockton Police said in a statement.

During the pursuit, one woman was thrown from the car and another hostage was later shot and tossed from the vehicle. The chase ended following a "large exchange of gunfire." An investigation is underway.

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