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VIDEO: Tampa chase and shootout

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Watch and listen as Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor give this blow-by-blow account Friday's chase and shootout of a rape suspect, from the moment it began to the gunfire that ended it.

In the video, you'll see where a deputy began following 24-year-old Charlie Christopher Bates, and the moment Bates realized it and started trying to speed away.

SkyFOX followed the scene as Bates blew out his back windshield, firing bullets backwards at law enforcement officers in pursuit.

Sheriff Gee says the officers were determined not to let Bates get to the interstate, which explains what you see next: a cruiser bumps the back corner of Bates' car, sending him careening out of control, and ending up on the side of the road.

Then, a dramatic exchange of gunfire erupts between the officers and Bates.

Bates eventually died from his injuries; no law enforcement officers were hurt.

"There is no doubt in my mind this guy would have killed someone before the day was over," Sheriff Gee added.

Video edited by Stephanie Ottjepka / FOX 13 News.

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