Charlie is a burglar who one day kills a police officer in a shootout. Unfortunately, there is a witness and Charlie himself is injured. Charlie visits the winoDr. Vogel who prescribes painkillers. When he goes to the drug store, he hears his own description on the drug store's radio. The pharmacist, Mr. Fletcher, does not realize Charlie is the murderer and gives him the painkillers. Later Charlie returns to his apartment, but does not take the painkillers. He wants to stay alert in case he has to make a run for it. He decides to skip town and heads for the bus station. As he is leaving for the bus station, he sees Vernon, a clerk at the drugstore. Thinking that Vernon knows that he is a criminal, he kills him and leaves. Mr. Fletcher is called to identify Vernon's body. When he arrives, he reveals that he sent Vernon to Charlie's because he made a mistake in his prescription. Instead of giving him painkillers, he gave him a bottle of poison.