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Slain ATF Agent Honored Postumously

May 01, 2013  | 

A federal agent who was killed while attempting to stop a pharmacy robbery while off duty has been awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery, reports Wantagh-Seaford Patch.

U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York) presented the award honoring John Capuano, 51, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbaco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to the agent's wife on Monday.

Capano, who served 23 years with ATF, was trying to apprehend an armed robbery suspect at a Seaford pharmacy on Dec. 31, 2011. Special Agent Capano was off duty and a customer at the pharmacy picking up cancer medication for his father when he confronted the suspect, James McGoey.

During a physical struggle between the two men, Capano was mistakenly shot by responding retired police officer Christopher Geraghty. The suspect was then fatally shot by Joseph Arbia, an off-duty New York City police officer.

Tags: Friendly Fire, ATF, Awards and Honors, Armed Robbery


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