Mug shot of Charlie Christopher Bates, from a March 2013 arrest in Polk County for carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Prosecutors say the Tampa Bay area officers who fatally shot a man suspected of sexually assaulting several women last month were justified.
RAW VIDEO: Police chase, shootout with USF manhunt suspect **WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE**
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In a Sept. 20 letter that was released Friday, State Attorney Mark Ober told Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee that the seven law enforcement officers involved in the Sept. 6 shootout with 24-year-old Charlie Christopher Bates will not face any charges.
Bates was accused of sexually assaulting four University of South Florida students and terrorizing a large group of partygoers. The Tampa Tribune reports
that he forced them into a bedroom at gunpoint and threatened to shoot them.
Bates also went to another apartment and held a woman hostage before stealing her car. He led police on a high-speed car chase that ended with him being killed.