Funeral Set For ATF Agent Killed During NY Robbery

By Salon Staff

Published January 6, 2012 7:36AM (EST)

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of law enforcement officers are expected to pay tribute to an ATF agent from New York's Long Island killed in a friendly fire shooting while trying to stop a pharmacy robbery.

The funeral for Senior Special Agent John Capano will take place Friday morning at St. William the Abbott Church in Seaford.

Capano was killed while struggling with a robbery suspect. A retired police lieutenant and an off-duty NYPD officer in a nearby deli ran to the pharmacy. Capano was mistaken for the robbery suspect and the retired lieutenant fired a shot, killing the agent, according to the retired lieutenant's lawyer. The off-duty NYPD officer then shot and killed the robbery suspect.

Capano is survived by his wife and two teenaged children.

Salon Staff

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