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Old 11-17-2011, 10:17 PM
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Veteran Vallejo police officer killed during pursuit of bank robbery suspects
Law enforcement still seeking at least one suspect
By Tony Burchyns/Times-Herald staff writer
Published By Times Herald
Posted: 11/17/2011 02:27:42 PM PST

Officer Jim Capoot, 45, was shot and killed Thursday during pursuit of bank robbery suspects in North Vallejo.

A 19-year veteran Vallejo police officer was killed Thursday afternoon following a high-speed pursuit of at least one bank robbery suspect in North Vallejo.

Officer Jim Capoot, 45, died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Vallejo, after he was mortally wounded while chasing at least one suspect on foot who had abandoned the apparent getaway vehicle near the 100 block of Janice Street.

The foot pursuit began after Capoot rammed the getaway vehicle, shoving it into the sidewalk.

Earlier reports indicated that the wounded officer was to be flown to John Muir Medical Center, but due to the extent of his wounds that was deemed too far, law enforcement sources said.

Reports from the scene indicated that Capoot, who did not have a partner with him, was shot several times shortly before 2 p.m. after the suspect left a silver SUV and began fleeing on foot on Janice Street near Mark Avenue.

Capoot was wearing body armor when he was shot, police said at a news conference Thursday night.

One suspect was arrested after the shooting, and a regional SWAT team was called in to help in the search for a second suspect. At about 2:15 p.m. SWAT members entered a house in the 100 block of Janice Street, and began moving door to door afterwards. Janice Street was cordoned off and officers widened their search perimeter with several law enforcement helicopters hovering overhead.

Investigators would not release any information about the suspect in custody nor say how many other possible suspects there may have been.

The pursuit followed a robbery at a Bank of America branch in Springstowne Center on Springs Road in Vallejo. Two suspects were described as black males wearing Halloween masks during the robbery. A mask was found in the back of the abandoned SUV, police told the Times-Herald.

Capoot spotted the SUV while on the way to the bank robbery, which was reported at 1:36 p.m. Other squad cars soon joined him in the pursuit, police said.

Vallejo resident Chris Adams said he saw some of the chaotic pursuit while driving on Redwood Street.

"I was trying to get on the freeway when (the SUV) clipped the bumper of the vehicle in front of me," Adams said. "I didn't know it was a high-speed chase until I turned around and saw the police behind me. It was pretty wild ... they wanted to get away."

Law enforcement from numerous area communities as well as the California Highway Patrol were assisting Vallejo police. Police from American Canyon, Fairfield, Benicia, Vacaville, El Cerrito, Napa, Pinole and the Solano County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene.

Police said Capoot, of Vacaville, was a well-regarded officer. During his career he received two medals of courage, a medal of merit and was the department's officer of the year in 2000. Prior to joining the force, he worked for the California Highway Patrol from 1990 to 1992. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

The officer's slaying is the first involving a Vallejo officer since Jeffrey Azuar was killed on April 12, 2000, while trying to arrest a suspect on an outstanding warrant. Capoot was the fourth Vallejo officer killed in the line of the duty in the city's 155-year history.
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Police identify suspect in Vallejo officer's shooting
12:39 PM, Nov 18, 2011

VALLEJO, CA - Vallejo police say the man they have arrested in the slaying of Officer Jim Capoot is 37-year-old Henry Albert Smith of Fairfield.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Bassett said Smith was caught Thursday afternoon trying to break into a house after Capoot was found mortally wounded in the backyard of a home in the area of the 100 block of Janice Street in Vallejo.

Smith is in custody on booking charges of murder and bank robbery, Bassett said.

Police have also recovered a gun.

Bassett said detectives were not looking for anyone else in the shooting.

Capoot was shot and killed following a police pursuit of an SUV witnessed at the site of a Bank of America robbery on Springs Road.

Capoot, 45, lived in Vacaville. He had been with the Vallejo Police Department 19 years and previously was with California Highway Patrol. He was a basketball coach for several girls' teams and served four years with the U.S. Marines. He leaves a wife and three daughters.
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Vandalism Of Memorial To Slain Police Officers Under Investigation

Bay City News Service
Oct. 13, 2020 Updated: Oct. 13, 2020 7:58 p.m.

The recent vandalism of a memorial to two Vallejo police officers who were killed in the line of duty is being investigated, police said.
"This intentional act of vandalism is unacceptable and is not a First Amendment right," said Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams.
The memorial -- made up of large signs and photographs of officers [I put links to Officer Down pages] Jeffrey Azuar and James Capoot -- was discovered broken into pieces last Thursday.
"These heroes sacrificed their lives attempting to apprehend violent criminals," said Michael Nichelini, president of the Vallejo Police Officers' Association. "It is heartbreaking that someone -- or a group of people -- would damage a community memorial that recognized and honored the ultimate sacrifice made by these two VPD officers."

Read more here https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/...s-15645959.php
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