Slain Federal Agent Was Getting Dad's Cancer Meds

Sunday, 01 Jan 2012 02:42 PM


  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

NEW YORK — An off-duty federal law enforcement agent killed during a pharmacy holdup Saturday was picking up his elderly father's cancer medication when he was shot, according to New York Congressman Peter King.

Veteran agent John Capano had chased down the suspect,43-year-old James McGoey, inside the store and was wrestling with him on the ground when shots were fired, King said.  An off-duty NYPD officer and a retired Nassau County police officer at a deli next door intervened during the struggle.

The 51-year-old Capano and McGoey, who police said was trying to leave with money and painkillers, were shot to death. It's not clear who shot either man, police said.

The congressman, who has known the Capano family for decades, said they are traumatized. Capano's mother died of breast cancer two weeks ago, he said.

Police said the gunman entered the pharmacy in Seaford, N.Y., about 2 p.m., looking for painkillers and money, and announced a holdup. That's when Capano intervened.

The off-duty police officer and the retired officer were taken to a hospital to be treated for trauma.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Capano was a 23-year veteran of the agency who was an explosives expert who taught U.S. military and local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq how to investigate blasts.

"He was a veteran agent who did his job well," said Rory O'Connor, assistant special agent in charge in the ATF's New York office. "Even though off-duty, he felt the need to take action in an attempt to protect the public."

Capano lived in Massapequa and was married with two children.

The area has been struggling with a growing tide of prescription drug abuse, said Razov Felice, owner of an Italian restaurant down the street.

"There is a lot of problem in Long Island with these drugs," Felice said. "I don't know what people are thinking. The more people talk about these drugs, the more people are trying them."

Armed robberies at pharmacies in the U.S. rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. On Father's Day, four people were gunned down by a drug addict during a pharmacy robbery about 30 miles west of the one in Seaford where Capano was killed.

His death is the latest in a string of shootings of off-duty officers in the New York area who were responding to a crime.

In May, a New York Police Department officer shot to death an off-duty colleague who was carrying a gun while chasing a suspected car thief in East Harlem.

In March, an off-duty transit authority officer shot a Nassau County police officer who was in plainclothes and carrying a rifle while both men were responding to a crime in the town of Massapequa Park.

And in 2008, Westchester County police officers killed an off-duty officer from suburban Mount Vernon while he intervened in a fight.


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Gallup: 37 Percent of Americans Afraid to Walk Alone at Night

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 19:17 PM

Almost 40 percent of Americans do not feel safe walking near their homes alone at night, a poll finds. A Gallup survey s . . .

Vermont State Senator Wants Jonathan Gruber's Pay Revoked

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 17:18 PM

Embattled Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber already has lost his job as an adviser to Vermont's state healthcare syste . . .

Sens Nelson, Rockefeller Call for Airbag Data from Takata

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 17:07 PM

Two senior US senators called on embattled Japanese auto parts maker Takata on Monday to furnish them with 14 years of e . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved