A man who was robbing a pharmacy in Harlem was shot and killed by the police.
According to NBC News New York, the man was a suspect in three recent pharmacy robberies in recent weeks. Two men were involved in the robbery attemped, and at at least one man was carrying a gun. They entered the pharmacy, and demanded cash and the painkiller prescription drugs Oxycodone and Percocet.
The police were outside the pharmacy as the silent alarm was triggered. The suspects, were ordered by police to come out of the store with their arms up, but one individual later identified as Rudolph Wyatt exited with a gun in his hand, and ended up being shot by police officers.
Some states have specific laws with aggravating penalties for robbing a drug store or pharmacy, although New York State is not one of them. But all states add use of a weapon as an aggravating factor. In New York, this would make the offense a First Degree Robbery Charge, a Class B Felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
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