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"On the morning of May 19, around 10:30, Carr carried the young son of
his girlfriend Bernice Bowen into a fire station. The boy had a gunshot
wound to the head, but the circumstances of the injury were unclear —
first Carr claimed that the boy was dragging a rifle and walking around when it accidentally discharged, but later he said that he himself had been holding it when it discharged.
Carr, having told police he was Joseph Bennett, the father of the
child, ran back to the site of the shooting while being pursued by
police. Threatening an officer with a rifle, he dropped it and again ran
away, and this time was caught and handcuffed. Tampa Police Department
detectives Randy Bell and Ricky Childers took him back to the apartment
where the boy had been shot to continue to interview him. On the trip
back to the police department, with Bell and Childers in the front seats
and Carr sitting behind them, handcuffed in front, Carr successfully
unlocked his handcuffs with a key he carried on his person, he then
disarmed Childers by snatching his Glock handgun from his shoulder holster. In the struggle that ensued, Carr shot both officers in the face, killing them at the scene.
Exiting the car, he carjacked a pickup truck and fled. After briefly visiting his mother and refueling at a local service station, he got on Interstate 75
heading north. The first police officer in pursuit was Florida State
Trooper James Crooks, and as he approached, Carr veered onto an exit
ramp located in Pasco County, Florida,
braked, and exited the truck. As Crooks also braked to a stop, Carr
approached and shot him twice in the head, killing him instantly.
Getting back in the pickup truck, Carr fled as multiple police cars
and a police helicopter pursued him in a high-speed chase and gunfight.
With his tires blown out and running low on ammunition, Carr exited the
interstate and entered a convenience store, where he took as a hostage
Stephanie Kramer, a pregnant clerk. For the rest of the afternoon, he
remained in the store, as nearly 200 officers surrounded him. Local
radio station WFLA
conducted phone interviews in the midst of the crisis, later drawing
criticism from both journalism experts and police. At 7:20pm, Carr
released Kramer and shot and killed himself as the SWAT team forcibly entered the building.
"Bowen's son ultimately died, raising the number killed by Carr to
four. In later testimony it was revealed that he abused Bowen and her
children, and he was found to be a convicted felon with a history of
violent crime, including assault of police officers. He was also wanted
in several states.
In 1999, Bowen was convicted of child neglect
for allowing Carr around her children. Prosecutors contended that since
Bowen knew of Carr's violent history, she should have never allowed him
to be around children. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Later in 1999, she was charged with aiding and abetting Carr's escape,
as well as for being an accessory to the murders of her son and the
three police officers. Even after one officer broke down and begged her
to tell them Carr's real name, Bowen didn't do so. Prosecutors claimed
that if she had, police would have known he was a convicted felon and
used tougher measures in handling him.
She was sentenced to 21.5 years in prison, to run concurrently with
her child neglect sentence. However, those convictions were thrown out
on appeal in 2001. A state appeals court found that prosecutors focused
too much on what Bowen should have done to prevent Carr's rampage, rather than what she did after the crimes were committed. The court also acquitted her of aiding and abetting the deaths of her son and Trooper Crooks.
She was convicted of the remaining charges in 2002, and sentenced to 20
years in prison. Sentencing guidelines called for only 6–11 years, but
in sentencing her, the judge said that Bowen's lies to police were so
egregious that they endangered the public. This sentence also runs concurrently with her child abuse sentence, and she was released in October 2016.
Experts later expressed shock that the detectives had not handcuffed
Carr's hands behind his back, but others defended the action, arguing
that at the time the detectives thought they were dealing with a
bereaved father, not a violent criminal. The media's handling of the
situation also received sharp criticism, as in addition to the radio
station's live interview, camera crews for local television stations
were broadcasting live shots of the area surrounding the convenience
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