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Video: Suspect Killed In Tampa-Area Gun Battle

September 06, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Suspect Killed In Tampa-Area Gun Battle

A Tampa-area sexual assault suspect who fired at police vehicles pursuing him Friday during a sprawling manhunt has died following a gun battle with officers in front of a Waffle House on U.S. 301.

Charlie Bates, 24, was hit by return police gunfire during the gun battle that was aired on live television just after noon. Bates had been wanted in a series of sexual attacks on female coeds from the University of South Florida on Thursday night. He is also suspected in several other assaults earlier in the summer, reports the Tampa Times.

After the manhunt got underway on Thursday, USF sent out at least one emergency alert to its students and posted a notification on its website that the suspect was in custody.

The pursuit began when Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies noticed Bates driving a red sedan. As they followed him south on U.S. 301, Bates opened fire on the officers. An unmarked U.S. Marshals Service Dodge Charger nudged Bates' bumper, sending him swerving. He spun out into a grassy area, and again fired at pursuing officers.

At least seven officers returned fire. In live footage, a plainclothes officer can be seen exiting the unmarked unit with a ballistic shield. With guns drawn, the officers move toward the sedan and take Bates into custody. He was struck at least once and has died.


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Glenn Kaminsky @ 9/6/2013 3:07 PM

It breaks my Heart that he had to Die then! Too Bad that he couldn't have been captured, put in Restraints, and turned over to the other female CO-Eds, their fathers, and any officer who has a female child. But.....that would be "Inappropriate!!! GK

Leonard Mather @ 9/6/2013 3:16 PM

I have a Polish Grandmother who summarizes items like this with her best English, and that is: That will learn him....real good!"

westcoastleo @ 9/6/2013 3:18 PM

Moremolesters need to go just like that....
I'm glad the officers are ok and can go home at the end of the day...

bob retired leo @ 9/6/2013 4:30 PM

Outstanding police work. One dead perp and no police injuries. Cops 1, skells 0.
My son says cops shouldn't have 20 year or 25 year 1/2 pay pensions. We should all have to work until 65. Im going to show him this video. I dont think people really know or care about our jobs and the dangers involved.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/7/2013 10:08 AM

Good police work, one less suspect to worry about.

Hunter*2020 @ 9/8/2013 1:27 AM

I work as a Police Officer AND a Correctional Officer. This is one less P.O.S. that we have to deal with on the street or have to care and pay for, for years to come! Great work guys! Be Safe.

DA_BEARS @ 9/10/2013 8:53 PM

Not to second hand quarterback, but wouldn't the safer/more appropriate use of force have been driving that dodge charger right into the drivers door at about 70mph..... I've always wanted to do that! I'll take the airbag over multiple rounds with limited cover, but, Either way, great job guys.

Doc @ 9/21/2013 12:23 AM

That's good for him, and he won't do anymore sexual assaults, end of his career!

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