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Terror in Tampa (03:25)


On May 19, 1998, Hank Earl Carr killed his girlfriend Bernice Bowen's 4-year-old son, two Tampa detectives, and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper. He was a career criminal who used fake names to avoid prison terms.

Tampa Massacre Overview (02:15)

Carr managed to slip out of his handcuffs twice. He killed detectives Rick Childers and Randy Bell with a service weapon and fled in a stolen truck, killing highway patrolman James Brad Crooks. Carr took his own life after holding an employee hostage at a gas station.

Incident Issues (16:38)

Carr used a fake name and officers did not know his identity until shortly before he died. The totality of circumstances led to the terrible outcome. Carr lied to officers throughout the proceedings and got out of his handcuffs multiple times.

Handcuffing (00:35)

Officers handcuffed Carr in the front and in the back at different points. He was handcuffed in the front when he stole Childers' gun and shot the two officers.

Transporting Prisoners (00:36)

Carr was alone in the backseat of a cruiser without a barrier. The officers determined the transporting method.

Shoulder Holster (00:25)

Carr stole Childers' firearm from a shoulder holster. Officers believe Carr would have gotten a weapon regardless of how it was stored.

Assault Rifle (00:30)

A loaded rifle was in the trunk of the cruiser transporting Carr. Officers believe it was a necessary precaution because of Carr's alleged crime at the time.

Scene Investigation (05:07)

Tampa PD arrived at the location of Childers' and Bell' murders; Carr had fled in a truck. James Brad Crooks pursued Carr and Carr led him into an ambush.

Carr on the Run (01:47)

Carr continued to flee after murdering Crooks. He fired at law enforcement, who returned fire, and wounded numerous people. With the truck disabled, Carr hid in a gas station.

Mid Afternoon-Early Evening (02:33)

Carr, armed with two weapons, took the gas station clerk hostage. He spoke to hostage negotiator on the phone. Carr also spoke with a radio station and gave his real name.

Hank Earl Carr (03:55)

Police learned about Carr's criminal history. During the radio interview, Carr said he was not going to harm the hostage and was prepared to die.

Tampa Massacre Epilogue (04:23)

Carr shot himself in the head after the SWAT team entered the gas station. Carr was a career criminal and knew how to escape handcuffs.

Questions (06:38)

This segment provides questions about police actions during Carr's rampage and encourages officers to share their thoughts and opinions.

Credits: "Hank Earl Carr and the Violent Day that Changed Law Enforcement" (00:42)

Credits: "Hank Earl Carr and the Violent Day that Changed Law Enforcement"

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This program is focused on the day that an avowed cop-hater murdered a child and three law enforcement officers , including one state trooper, in Tampa, Florida. Students will learn how the killer’s ability to lie and con the officers helped contribute to their violent deaths. His girlfriend, being interrogated separately, also played detectives with her stream of consciousness ability to lie. Students will also learn the critical need for law enforcement officers to always beware of the totality of circumstances. In this tragic incident, killer Hank Earl Carr attempted to escape on five different occasions before ultimately escaping his handcuffs and going on his rampage.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL283674

Copyright date: ©2022

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