From the NY Post:
A retired NYPD lieutenant blew away a drugstore bandit yesterday as the suspect tried to gun down three police officers during a foot pursuit, sources said.
Thomas Barnes, 48, was filling his tank at the BP station on East 119th Street and First Avenue at around 11 a.m. when he saw gunman Wyatt Rudolph running from the store, and sprang into action.
He crouched behind his hedge-fund boss’ Mercedes SUV and squeezed off three shots, killing Rudolph, 23.
The trigger-happy thug — wanted on warrants for two other shootings — lay dead in a pool of blood on the sidewalk wearing a black stocking mask with a wad of stolen cash spilling out of his pocket, witnesses said.
“Part of the back of his head was missing. He had a large head wound and there was tons of blood,” said witness John Brecevich, 59, owner of the Original Patsy’s restaurant nearby.
“It was a scene straight out of NYPD Blue.”
Rudolph squeezed the trigger three times while aiming at the cops, but his gun malfunctioned.
A second suspect was briefly in custody, but escaped up First Avenue during the shootout, with a stash of the powerful painkillers Percocet and OxyContin.