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Radio transmission from police chase and shootout of Charlie Christopher Bates, suspect in violent home invasions near USF

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Video: Radio transmission from Bates chase released

Mug shot of Charlie Christopher Bates, from a March 2013 arrest in Polk County for carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession.

 

Tampa, Florida - The radio transmission between Hillsborough County deputies and Tampa Police Department during the chase of Charlie Bates give an idea of what it was like for law enforcement involved in his apprehension.

"He's still southbound on 301 approaching Sligh Ave.," said a deputy on the recording, released to the public in Friday afternoon.

Bates was spotted in the area of Gillette Ave. and Fowler Ave. sometime around noon on Friday.

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He noticed deputies started to follow him down Highway 301, so he shot at them through the rear window of the vehicle he was driving.

"You need to take the vehicle out at the second you get an opportunity - ram him!" relayed the voice on the transmission to the pursuing deputies and officers.

Deputies rammed Bates' car twice before he lost control of the vehicle - veered left onto the median of Highway 301, back into the right side on the highway and off the road.

He narrowly missed a tractor trailer and two other vehicles.

"Right in front of the Waffle House...highway just north of (Interstate) 4," according to a deputy on the radio.

Seconds after the crash, the deputies and Bates began shooting and each other until Bates was incapacitated.

"Standby, they're pulling him out now. They're pulling him out of the vehicle now."

Despite the intense gunfire, none of the pursuing officers or deputies was hurt.

Bates died an hour later at an area hospital.

The chase ended right next to a Waffle House restaurant and Knight's Inn motel.

Both establishments were packed with customers.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said he would have preferred that the chase ended in a less populated area, but that deputies had no choice because Bates was just a mile away from hopping onto I-4.

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