A suspect with long criminal past, Rudolph “Booga” Wyatt gunned down by an ex NYPD officer; during armed robbery at an East Harlem pharmacy, RX Centre. The 24-year-old was shot in the head twice by Thomas Barnes, 55, while during an attempt to flee along with $311 cash. Wyatt had an accomplice who managed to escape safely.
According to police, the former sharp-shooting NYPD lieutenant calmly shot the criminal while fleeing a terrifying stick-up inside the said crowded East Harlem pharmacy. Almost the entire action by the police veteran was captured on a video, showing Thomas walking from his parked vehicle, a Mercedes Benz SUV.
Coming out of the car at a gas station, Thomas would be seen walking toward the suspect and then crouching into a professional shooter's stance. He then squeezed off three shots and moments later, Wyatt collapses down, some 55 feet away. Cash proceeds of the robbery i.e. $311 were still inside Wyatt’s pocket when he lay dead; in a pool of his own blood on First Ave.
Wyatt’s death brought a local wave of crime to an end since the dead man was suspected in four other pharmacy hold-ups taking place earlier, in East Harlem as well as the South Bronx. 48-year-old lieutenant Thomas Barnes retired from NYPD in 2005 after serving for as many as 21 years on the job. According to the famous NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, Barnes will face no charges filed against him.
Along with the cash, 30 milligram Oxycontin and Percocet pills were also robbed by Wyatt and a sidekick, further informed police. In May 2010, a shooting spree took place at Harlem and police believed Wyatt was involved in that incident also.