SEAFORD, LONG ISLAND (WPIX)—An entire Long Island community was in mourning Friday, after losing one of their own, New Year's Eve weekend. ATF Special Agent John Capano was just trying to protect the public, when his life was cut far too short on New Year's Eve. Today, he'll be laid to rest.
John Capano was a 23-year veteran of the ATF and had dealt with dangerous situations all over the world. But it was during a run to pick up prescriptions from his local pharmacy that he was gunned down.
On New Year's Eve, pellet gun-toting James McGoey held up Charlie's Pharmacy in Seaford, looking for prescription pills.
Capano stepped in to stop the robber, but was shot and killed in friendly-fire by a former lieutenant Chris Garaghty, who thought Capano was McGoey's accomplice.
Garaghty and off-duty cop Joseph Arbia were nearby and rushed to the scene and opened fire after a bullet whizzed by them. Arbia shot and killed the robber, James McGoey.
Garaghty is said to be distraught for having killed Capano, and will not attend the funeral.
The funeral will be held at St. William the Abbot Church in Seaford, at 11a.m. US Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to deliver the eulogy.
A fund has been set up for Capano's family. Checks should be made out to Special Agent John Capano Memorial Fund and sent to Federal Drug Agents Foundation, 380 North Broadway, Suite 203, Jericho, NY 11753.
Capano is survived by his wife Dori, son John, a freshman in college in Boston, and Natalie, a high school sophomore in West Islip.