A career criminal was fatally shot when he attempted to rob a drug dealer and two undercover New York City police officers with an air pistol that closely resembled a handgun.

Victor Santos, 42, didn't realize that two of his targets were undercover officers, when he pointed the air pistol at them. As Santos pulled the pistol, the drug dealer shouted, "They're cops, you idiot!"

Santos was pronounced dead at Wyckoff Heights Hospital. His weapon was later identified as a Walther CP99 compressed-air pistol, reports CBS New York.

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