Police shot and killed an armed man suspected of robbing a drugstore on the Upper East Side Friday afternoon, according to the NYPD.
Scott Kato, 45, robbed the HealthSource Pharmacy on Second Avenue and 68th Street Friday afternoon, demanding cash and OxyContin. He fled in an SUV and made almost 30 blocks when cops tracked him down. How? One of the pill bottles he took from the drugstore was actually a decoy containing a GPS device.
Officers confronted him in his car, which was stopped in traffic at East 96th Street right under the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive overpass. He pulled a gun on them, so they opened fire killing him.
The NYPD has been using the GPS-enabled bait bottles for more than a year. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, also makes the bait bottles. The company told Fox five that the traceable bottles have helped nab more than 100 robbery suspects around the country.
The four police officers involved in the shooting were taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell as a precaution. The AP reported that they were treated for ringing in their ears.