- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Four uniformed New York City police officers shot and killed a man suspected of taking drugs and cash from a Manhattan pharmacy after the man raised his weapon at them, police said Friday.

It wasn’t clear how many shots were fired during the shooting, which occurred around 2 p.m. beneath an underpass of the FDR Drive at 96th Street, but it didn’t appear the suspect fired his 9 mm handgun at police, authorities said.

The suspect, identified by police as 45-year-old Scott Kato, was shot while alone in a car that got stuck in traffic following the 1:40 p.m. robbery some 30 blocks away.

Police said he was tracked to the Upper East Side by officers who had obtained a description of the suspect, and his vehicle, but wouldn’t confirm whether any of the stolen pill bottles were fitted with GPS devises.

Last year, the New York Police Department announced the initiative to put the devices in pill bottles after a spate of high-profile crimes associated with the thriving black market for oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

Police said Kato, of Mount Vernon, entered the Health Source Pharmacy at East 68th Street and 2nd Avenue with a gun and demanded prescription pills from the pharmacist and money from the store clerk.

Police said Kato went behind the counter and took the cash from the register himself before fleeing with the pills. It wasn’t clear how much money or what drugs he took.

A woman who answered the phone at Health Source Pharmacy said the store’s manager was being interviewed by detectives and declined further comment.

The four officers were being treated at New York Hospital for tinnitus. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking into whether the suspect in Friday’s shooting was responsible for at least three previous robberies at the pharmacy, dating back to last December, in which a man filled a brown paper bag with Oxycodone, Viagra and Cialis.

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