January 2, 2012

John Capano - ATF - New York State

Special Agent John Capano, age 51, died on December 31, 2011, in Seaford, Nassau County, New York.

He was with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He had 23 years of service.

John was shot and killed while struggling with a robbery suspect outside of a pharmacy on Merrick Road in Seaford, Nassau County, New York.

John was off duty and in the shopping center's parking lot at about 2:00 pm when the suspect entered the pharmacy and robbed it of OxyContin and cash. Several patrons were able to exit the store during the robbery and then pointed out the suspect as he exited. Agent Capano immediately confronted the suspect and a struggle as Agent Capano attempted to disarm the man. A retired Nassau County police officer and an off-duty New York City police officer who were in a deli next door were also alerted. Both came out of the deli and discovered the men struggling. One of the officers fired at them, killing the suspect. Agent Capano was also fatally wounded during the shooting.
Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for John

James had also taught military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan about explosives.

James is described by family members as heroic and involved. 

Friends describe him as having a unique personality and a man who was well loved. 

John is survived by many loving friends and family members including his father, James Capano; his wife and two children.

Pray for all who die while upholding the law. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John Capano is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

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