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Sep. 6, 2013 — Hillsborough

More than 100 law enforcement officers were looking for Charlie "Chris" Bates, 24, on Sept. 6, 2013.

Bates was wanted for a series of home invasions and rapes Sept. 5 and 6 near the University of South Florida and a rape Aug. 9. Authorities spotted his stolen car on U.S. 301 in Temple Terrace. Bates saw them as well and fled south.

The pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph, with Bates firing at officers through the car windows, authorities said. Two Tampa officers in an unmarked car spun him out near a Waffle House just north of Interstate 4 on U.S. 301 The final, fatal gun battle was caught on video by helicopters. The toxicology report indicated Bates had methylone, common in bath salts, in his system when he died. Read more

Officers involved in the shooting: Tampa police/Marshal's Service Task Force Cpl. Selser Pickett and Det. Ronald Simpson, who were in the lead car; Hillsborough County Deputies Clyde Eisenberg, Travis Wright and Alan Grinaldi; Tampa police Officer Mark Montague and Sgt. Borthland Murray.

This was the 93rd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami .

One day later, six officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bates was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Bates fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  4. Bates was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Bates was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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