Vallejo, California
Vallejo Police Department
Police Officer James L. “Coach Jim” Capoot/ U.S. Marine
End Of Watch: 11-17-11
21 year Law Enforcement Veteran Officer Jim Capoot, 45, was gunned down during the pursuit of bank robbery suspects. Ofc. Capoot spotted a suspect vehicle immediately following a bank robbery at 1340 and gave chase. The suspects sped off but soon crashed their vehicle when Ofc. Capoot performed a PIT. The suspects attempted to flee on foot. Ofc. Capoot got into a struggle with one of the suspects and was shot multiple times. He never had a chance to shoot back. He was airlifted to the hospital but his wounds proved to be too much and our Hero Brother, Officer James Capoot, succumbed to his injuries. One suspect is in custody with another possibly still at large. A manhunt is ongoing at this time by multiple agencies. UPDATE: Police have confirmed there was no second suspect after conducting the manhunt. Henry Albert Smith, 37, has been booked on suspicion of murder and bank robbery. 
This Hero gave his life to ensure the safety of the Public.
Living As Only A Hero Could would be the understatement of the year when describing Jim Capoot’s life. A clone of his own *Twice The Hero* Marine/LEO father, Jim joined the United States Marine Corps directly out of high school at the tender age of 17. Not even old enough to vote and he was already giving back to this country. And this was just the beginning. Serving more than four years with Honor, Integrity and Fidelity and upon his Honorable discharge, Ofc. Capoot joined the California Highway Patrol in 1990. Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Jim served for 2 years with the CHP before coming to the Vallejo Police Department and has been Saving, Serving and Protecting the People there ever since. Ofc. Capoot wore many hats including being a Motorman and instructor for motors, use of force, driving, and oversaw the Junior Safety Patrol. Ofc. Capoot also served on the elite S.W.A.T. Unit. His personnel file is filled with medal, awards and commendations from Life-Saving to Medal Of Courage and everything in between. And this is just a hint of what this incredible Police Officer was doing. This *Twice The Hero* not only gave his all and all of himself while in uniform either. “Coach Jim” was a founding member and current President of the Amateur Athletic Union for the United States and coached his daughters’ High School Basketball Team. Believe it or not, he even found time for himself and enjoyed dirt track auto racing. I can’t even begin to tell you just how many lives this man has touched and how many People will miss his presence so. Never will this Hero be forgotten.
Jim leaves behind his beloved bride Jennifer and their 3 daughters Jamie, Jillian and Justine. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Capoot family as well as to all the Men and Women of the Vallejo PD, CHP and all surrounding agencies whom have had the privilege and the pleasure of working along side this Warrior. Our thoughts are also with all the Patriots of the United States Marine Corps and to the girls of the Vallejo HS Basketball Team and to all the young lives this amazing Hero has touched.
Our beloved Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven, may you look back with pride knowing you did you job valiantly. You went running toward the danger to protect your citizens. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life you gave As Only A Warrior Dare. Job well done Sir. May you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come … In Our Brother’s Honor.
Rest In Peace Police Officer James L. “Coach Jim” Capoot … We have the watch from here.
~written by Nessie~
Please take time to read more in depth about our Brother in an article written by Ted Postolaki for Vallejo Police Officers’ Association: http://vallejopoa.typepad.com/VPOAMagazine-Issue2.pdf   
UPDATE: Police have confirmed there was no second suspect after conducting the manhunt. Henry Albert Smith, 37, has been booked on suspicion of murder and bank robbery.

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