Police Officer James Lowell Capoot

Police Officer James Lowell Capoot

Vallejo Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 17, 2011

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James Lowell Capoot

Police Officer James Capoot was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of bank robbery suspects following a high-speed chase.

Officer Capoot pursued the suspect vehicle through a residential area, where he executed a PIT maneuver and disabled the suspect vehicle. He pursued the suspect on foot until he was shot several times while in the back yard of a residence.

He was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was arrested near the scene. On November 11, 2015, he was sentenced to three life terms with no possibility of parole.

Officer Capoot was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served the Vallejo Police Department for 19 years and had previously served with the California Highway Patrol for two years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

In January 2014, Highway 37 between Highway 80 and 29 was renamed Police Officer James Capoot Memorial Highway.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 497
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

foot pursuit, robbery

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As someone who grew up in the community, this was something that I vividly remember hearing about and seeing even though at the time I was 10 years old. I remember seeing a bible verse on a t-shirt or something that was Proverbs 28:1. The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as a lion. This is a Bible verse that I have never forgotten and something that is burned into my brain. Now that I am in the academy myself, there is nothing that I think about more than the people who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their career before I even existed. I just hope that someone close to him sees this reflection and knows that his life was not given for no reason. And as long as I live, his memory will live on.


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