Police Officer James Capoot
Vallejo Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: November 17, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: One in custody
Agency Contact Information
Robert W. Nichelini
Vallejo Police Department
111 Amador Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
Phone: (707) 648-4321
Officer James Capoot was shot and killed while pursuing bank-robbery suspects after a high-speed chase. Officer Capoot pursued the suspect vehicle through a residential area, where Officer Capoot executed a PIT maneuver and disabled the suspect vehicle. Officer Capoot pursued the suspect on foot and was shot several times in the back yard of a residence.
Officer Capoot was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Capoot was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with the California Highway Patrol before joining the Vallejo Police Department.
One suspect was arrested near the scene. Several neighboring agencies are participating in the search for a possible second suspect.
Officer Capoot is survived by his wife and three daughters.
VALLEJO, CA – A Vallejo police officer has died after being shot during a foot chase with an individual being pursued in connection with a bank robbery.
Authorities confirmed the name of the officer as Jim Capoot of Vacaville. He was 45.
Vallejo Police Department Sgt. Jeffrey Bassett said the officer was responding to a bank robbery reported at 1:36 p.m. at the Bank of America branch on Springs Road.
Officer Trent Cross with the California Highway Patrol says the police officer spotted the robber’s SUV on Interstate 80 and pursued it into a neighborhood north of the Solano County Fairgrounds. When the officer stopped the vehicle on the 100 block of Janice Street, at least one person in the SUV fled and the officer continued the chase on foot.
There was a confrontation and there was two or three shots fired, according to witnesses.
Bassett said Capoot was found shot in the backyard of a home. He had not fired his service weapon.
One individual has been arrested; his name has not been released.
Bassett said there may still be one other person involved. An intense search has been scaled back.
The Vallejo Times-Herald reports the bank robbers were described as black men wearing Halloween masks.
Officer Jim Capoot
After joining the Marines at age 17 in 1986, then joining the California Highway Patrol in 1990, Officer Jim Capoot joined the Vallejo Police Department in 1992, according to the Vallejo Police Officers Association newsletter.
During his career with Vallejo police, Capoot received two Medals of Courage, two Life-Saving Medals and various other departmental recommendations. Capoot also saved the lives of two people by administering CPR, said the VPOA.
Over the past 10 years, Capoot supervised the Vallejo Junior Safety Patrol program, teaching children to act as crossing guards throughout the city, He helped train over 500 children.
Capoot is survived by his wife Jennifer and three daughters.
Jim was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, where his father worked as a Police Officer for the City of Little Rock for 20 years. Jimʼs mother was a wellrespected
and busy accountant, but that didnʼt stop Jim from excelling at track and field, cross country, and football while in high school. After graduation, Jim followed in his fatherʼs footsteps and joined the United States Marine Corps at age 17.
Jim was posted to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1986 where he served in the Marine detachment securing the islandʼs nuclear facilities and other strategic areas. In April 1986, he earned his small arms instructorʼs qualification and had the distinction of being the last Marine to stand guard at
Mare Islandʼs main gate.
While stationed in Vallejo, Jim met and married his wife, Jennifer, a Vallejo native. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Jim once
a g a i n followed in his fatherʼs footsteps and became a police officer, beginning his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1990. In 1992, Jim left the CHP to become a Police Officer for the City of Vallejo. Jim was happy to return to Vallejo based upon his past experiences here and also his wifeʼs desire to be close to her family, who have called Vallejo home since 1933.
Over the course of his career, Jim has served as a motorcycle officer, motorcycle instructor, driving instructor, force options instructor, and SWAT officer. He has received two Vallejo Police Department Medals of Courage, two Life-Saving Medals, and various other departmental commendations, including
recognition for saving the lives of two people by administering CPR.
Jim has won two gold medals representing the Vallejo Police Department at the Police Olympic Games in the motorcycle competition. The medal victories occurred with his partners, Vallejo Police Corporal Kevin Hamrick and Officer Gordy Moore, in both the 2000 and 2005 games. In 2000, Jim was awarded Vallejo Police Departmentʼs first annual Jeff Azuar Officer of the ear award. Jim remains very proud of being selected by his peers to receive this inaugural award commemorating the life andlocal athletes. These AAU teams compete againstother AAU teams across the nation.
Even in these economically trying times, cuts to the police force, and pay reductions, Jim still believes that the Vallejo Police Department is a great place to work. Jim remains proud to wear the uniform and is very proud to continue to serve with the professional and dedicated officers of the Vallejo Police Department.