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ATF Agent Was Likely Killed by Friendly Fire, NY Daily News Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sadly, investigators believe the off-duty ATF agent who was shot and killed while struggling with a robbery suspect last Saturday at a Long Island pharmacy, was likely shot by friendly fire from a retired Nassau County police lieutenant, the New York Daily News reported, citing unnamed sources.

The paper reported that agent John Capano, 51, was picking up cancer medicine for his father at Charlie’s Family Pharmacy in Seaford when he ran into a robbery in progress.

It was New Year’s Eve day, and Capano had planned to spend the evening with his wife, two children and father, the Daily News reported. His mother had just died of cancer two weeks before.

FBI and ATF are running ballistics tests, the paper reported, but investigators’ working theory is that Capano was killed by friendly fire.

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Off-Duty ATF Agent Shot and Killed During Struggle With Long Island Robbery Suspect

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty ATF agent was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Nassau County in Long Island, N.Y. while struggling with a robbery suspect outside a pharmacy where the agent was going to pick up his father’s cancer medication, according to authorities and the Associated Press.

Agent John Capano, a 23-year veteran of ATF, was off duty and in the Seaford, N.Y. shopping center’s parking lot at about 2 p.m. when the suspect entered the pharmacy and robbed it of OxyContin and cash, according to ATF.

Several patrons ran out of the store and pointed out the robbery suspect. ATF said agent Capano immediately confronted the suspect, began struggling with him and attempted to disarm him.

A retired Nassau County police officer and an off-duty New York City police officer who were in a deli next door were also alerted, ATF said.

Both came out of the deli and saw the men struggling and fired, killing the suspect, which AP identified as James McGoey. Agent Capano was also fatally wounded during the confrontation. It was unclear from the ATF press release and media reports as to who actually shot the agent.

Agent Capanois is survived by a wife and two children.

To honor the memory of  Capano, ATF buildings that fly the ATF flag have been authorized to lower the flag to half staff from January 1 to the  day of his interment, from sunrise to sunset.