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Retired Officer Happy To Be Alive After Pharmacy Robbery Shootout

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As police continue to search for the second suspect in Thursday's East Harlem pharmacy robbery, the retired lieutenant involved in the fatal shooting of the other suspect says he's glad to be alive.

Police are not saying if the shots fired by retired lieutenant Thomas Barnes were the ones that killed Rudolph Wyatt, 23.

However, Barnes did confront Wyatt after he exchanged fire and ran from the responding officers.

During the 21 years he was on the force Barnes says he never fired his weapon and the lieutenant says he is grateful this incident ended the way it did.

"I'm just glad to be home with my family, I feel lucky that everybody is okay and the cops and the civilians are okay. I'm just glad to be home, glad to be alive," Barnes said.

Police are still looking for Wyatt's accomplice.


Authorities released a surveillance image of the man who is described as being between 5'10" and six feet tall with a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with red and white lining, and gray sweat pants.

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.

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