Armed man fatally shot by police was wanted in UES pharmacy robberies

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UPPER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police Friday afternoon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The suspect was trying to flee after allegedly stealing Oxycodone pills from a nearby pharmacy, according to a source.  Instead of pills, however, the suspect stole a fake prescription bottle with a tracking device inside.

FDR shooting police

Police shot and killed an armed robbery suspect underneath the overpass of FDR Drive.

Police fired at the armed man just after 2 p.m. underneath the FDR overpass at East 96th Street.  The circumstances of the shooting are still unclear, police declined to comment.  Police did say they recovered the suspect’s gun at the scene.

“All I heard was gunshots,” said Christian Concepcion, who lives nearby.  “Like four to five gunshots and then I look out the window and then all I saw was cops ducking and I didn’t know what was going on.”

Pharmacy Suspect

Police say the man was wanted in a string of pharmacy robberies on the Upper East Side. (DCPI)

The identity of the suspect has not been released, but police say he was wanted in a string of similar robberies on the Upper East Side dating back to 2011.

In December of last year, police say he walked in the Health Source Pharmacy at 1302 2nd Ave., flashed a gun at the clerk and ordered her to fill a brown paper bag with Oxycodone, Viagra and Cialis.  Once he had the pills he ran out of the store.


The NYPD recovered a gun at the scene.

Police have not released the suspects name, but say he was wanted in at least six other robberies.

No one was hurt in that robbery.