UPDATE: Suspected Oxycontin Robber Dies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Suspected Oxycontin Robber Dies

SPOKANE, Wash. - An Oxycontin robber who shot himself while being stopped by Spokane Police patrol officers Tuesday night, has died.  31 year old Nicholas "Niko" Burden had been identified earlier in the day as the man who robbed the Albertsons Pharmacy at 57th and Regal last week.  Burden shot himself with a small caliber pistol while being brought to a stop by SPD officers following a short pursuit. 

Officers used a P.I.T. maneuver to spin out the suspect's Jeep at Fifth and Sherman at 8:49 p.m., 11 minutes after investigators believe he robbed the RiteAid Pharmacy at 2929 E. Twenty-Ninth at gunpoint.  As the Jeep spun out, the suspect shot himself. Taken in the pharmacy robbery was the powerful pain medication Oxycontin.

Burden was transported to a downtown hospital. KHQ learned Wednesday night that Burden had died. He leaves behind a girlfriend and a one-year-old child.

No one was injured in any of the armed robberies Burden is suspected of committing over the past three weeks.  Det. Tim Hines had developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for the 57th and Regal robbery Tuesday morning, and indicated that probable cause to arrest him for an earlier Millwood Albertsons robbery was imminent.

The detective spent Tuesday afternoon attempting to track the suspect through acquaintances, but was unable to locate and arrest him before the RiteAid heist. Hines said the suspect used a family member's Toyota Sequoia in the South Hill robbery, and added that although he has identified the getaway driver in that robbery, no arrest has been made.

In Tuesday night's robbery, Burden used a Jeep he had stolen from Barton Jeep in Spokane Valley.  The suspect had been hired a few days ago, and had taken the Jeep to lunch and not returned it.

No officers were injured during Tuesday night's pursuit or arrest, and none fired their weapons.  The Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked shortly after Burden's suicide and detectives from both the Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol joined the investigation.

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