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Fri., Aug. 6, 2010, 6 a.m.

Police: Oxy robber dead after shooting self

This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas
This surveillance image shows a man police believe to be Nicholas "Niko" Burden, 31, just before a gunpoint OxyContin at the Albertsons pharmacy at 57th and Regal on July 23. Police say Burden shot himself during a police chase following an OxyContin robbery at Rite Aid on 29th Avenue on Aug. 3. He was pronounced dead Aug. 4. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

A suspected serial OxyContin robber who shot himself after a police chase Tuesday died at a Spokane hospital the next day.  

Nicholas T. “Niko” Burden, 31, worked as a car salesman and lived with his girlfriend and baby daughter before detectives say he began feeding an apparent OxyContin addiction by robbing pharmacies.

He was hospitalized Tuesday after police say he shot himself in a stolen Jeep he used to flee an armed robbery at the Rite Aid at 2929 E. 29th Ave.

He was on life support Wednesday, and later died, according to a nursing supervisor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

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