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Man killed by deputy had long record

One month after being released from federal prison, Brian McPhee was back at his old work.

A suspect in a string of bank robberies since Jan. 14, McPhee died Friday in an encounter with law enforcement. A barrage of .45-caliber slugs ended a life often documented on crime blotters.

Since 1978, McPhee had been arrested more than 20 times in Florida on charges including burglary, possession of cocaine and marijuana, battery and larceny, according to state records.

His last arrest came in 1998, when he was booked in Hillsborough County for bank robbery. Records show he was released from federal prison Dec. 10.

Most of his arrests were in Hillsborough County.

On Friday afternoon, McPhee and a woman also suspected in recent bank robberies were driving a 1982 Toyota when they passed Deputy Steve Favors, who was waiting along Memorial Highway, watching for a car matching that description.

Investigators say it had been identified as the getaway car in a heist that had just occurred at the First National Bank at 8809 W Waters Ave.

Favors pursued the Toyota and briefly confronted the driver, later identified as McPhee, who admitted he was a wanted bank robber, said Lt. Rod Reder, sheriff's spokesman.

McFee sped away, wheeled his car around and steered directly at Favors, deputies said. Favors was standing in the road with his gun drawn as McPhee floored the gas pedal. Shots streamed into the driver's seat, witnesses told the Times on Friday.

McPhee, 41, last known to reside at 8312 Country Square Court in Town 'N Country, died at the scene.

Passenger Catherine Flynn, 40, has admitted to three of four recent bank robberies in which the pair were suspects, Reder said. On Saturday, police also named McPhee as a suspect in three robberies.

Authorities have not decided whether to charge Flynn with murder in McPhee's death, a charge that can be considered under the felony-murder law when someone is killed during the course of another major crime.