As city police are still searching for a suspect from an attempted robbery at an East Harlem pharmacy Thursday, his alleged accomplice who was killed by police was revealed to be a fugitive wanted for a murder in Georgia.
Police in Sandy Springs, Ga. have confirmed that Rudolph Wyatt, 23, seen above left in a photo they provided, was suspected of shooting a man in the Atlanta suburb in April 2011.
New York City police say Wyatt, who was an East Harlem resident, and another suspect, seen above right in a surveillance video still, entered the RX Center pharmacy on the corner of First Avenue and East 119th Street around 11 a.m. Thursday. They demanded Percocet, OxyContin and cash.
Two officers riding in a car as well as a traffic officer responded to the call, which police say may have been triggered by a silent alarm in the store.
Police say Wyatt emerged wearing a stocking mask and was pulling the trigger of a revolver, while his accomplice came out with his arms raised.
Two of the officers took cover while authorities say a third returned fire. Wyatt then fired back while running across First Avenue.
At that point, police say a retired police lieutenant who happened to be filling up his car at a gas station across the street saw what was going on. They say shots between the two were exchanged and Wyatt collapsed on the street.
Police say Wyatt had drugs, a gun, and large amounts of cash on him.
They also say it is unclear whether the responding officers or the retired lieutenant fired the fatal shot.
Police say the incident was caught on one of their own VIPER surveillance cameras and say no other injuries were reported.
Raffi Nakashin, who works in the gas station where the retired policeman was filing up, also says his surveillance cameras caught all of the action.
"You can see the guy running this way, then the gentleman that was in that gray car walked towards that white car over there and pulled a gun. One of the mechanics said he heard telling him 'drop your gun,'" said Nakashin.
In the meantime, the first suspect who emerged from the pharmacy is still at large.
Police say he took off running north on First Avenue.
He is described as being between 5-feet-10-inches and 6-feet tall with a medium build and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a red lining and gray writing and gray sweatpants.
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.