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Off-duty ATF Agent Slain In Pharmacy Robbery

December 31, 2011  | 

An off-duty special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was fatally shot on Saturday, when he attempted to stop an armed robbery at a Long Island, N.Y., pharmacy.

Special Agent John Capano, a 23-year veteran and explosives expert, was at Charlie's Family Pharmacy in Seaford when the shooting occurred, reports the New York Times.

Details of the shooting are still murky, but police believe a retired Nassau County Police officer and off-duty New York City officer may have also intervened. The suspect was also fatally shot.


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Morning Eagle @ 1/2/2012 10:29 AM

Rest in Peace S.A. Capano and may your family and friends find solace in their grieving.

I would prefer all these stories of officers killed and/or assaulted using deadly force conclude with "The suspect was also fatally shot." If that happened more often perhaps we could see a decrease in thugs being so willing to shoot at law enforcement officers.

john @ 1/2/2012 7:47 PM

We all need to realize that this country is getting more violent and that today's criminals will not hesitate to shhot a cop, whether on-duty or off-duty. If you are not carrying foo-duty, start thinking about it. We stand out and the bad guys can spot us in a crowd. It comes with the job. If you do carry off-duty, practice, practice, and practice. When the time comes, you will not have a lot of time to think about what to do. Be prepared and survive.

Bob @ 1/3/2012 6:06 AM

The issue here is that two off-duty LEOs shot and killed a third off-duty LEO and the robber. Lots of questions here. Bottom line is that not everybody with a firearm is a bad guy. Far from it as off-duty LEOs and legal CCW civilians abound. Triggers should not be pulled until the target is correctly identified. Since S.A. Capano was wrestling with the perp, it doesn't seem likely that he pointed his weapon at the two late-comers. Even in the follow-up reports, I haven't seen a justification for the two late-comer LEOs to shoot at all.

TITO @ 1/10/2012 9:26 AM

BOB....MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY....
SO I GUESS IF I WERE TO HAVE WITNESSED THIS I WAS SUPPOSE TO ASSUME THAT THE TWO GUYS STRUGGLING FOR THE FIREARM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK
; ARE TWO ABBOTT & COSTELLO TYPES FIGHTING AT THE CRIME SCENE OVER A GUN INSTEAD HIGH TAILING IT OUT OF THERE.
I DON'T THINK SO.
JOHN WAS EXPECTING AND LOOKING FOR HELP WITH THE BAD GUY AND IT NEVER CAME.
TIME IS ALWAYS A FACTOR BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE TIME TO DISCERN WHAT THE SITUATION IS AND WHO IS WHO IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR FIREARM & EVEN IF IT MEANS TO DO NOTHING AT ALL BUT TAKE COVER AND WAIT FOR THE SIGNS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TO ARTICULATE THE USE OF YOUR FIREARM.
IT COMES DOWN TO TATICS AND STRATEGY AND COGNITION UNDER PRESSURE.
I HAVEN'T SEEN THE F.B.I. REPORT AND I DEFER ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS UNTIL IT'S OUT.
REST IN PEACE JOHN....REST IN PEACE

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