A 28-year-old veteran of the Vallejo Police Department, who was shot when responding to a bank robbery in Vallejo, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, according to authorities. The officer was identified by Vallejo Times Herald as Jim Capoot.
According to police, Capoot was responding to a call at 1:30 p.m. of a robbery at the Bank of America on Springs Road when he spotted the suspect’s vehicle near the bank. He began to follow the vehicle in what soon after became a car chase that ended in the 100 block of Janice Street.
The suspect then fled by foot as Capoot chased him into a residential neighborhood where the suspect shot the officer. Capoot was then taken to a hospital where he later died.
A woman who lived on the block where the suspect’s stopped said she heard sirens and popping sounds and went outside to find out what was going on. She said the car driven by the suspect, a beige SUV, appeared to crash at the intersection of Janice Street and Mark Avenue. She said the man in the SUV ran into a backyard and police came afterward and searched nearby yards.
Sgt. Jeff Bassett said a suspect was apprehended and taken into custody, though their name has not been release yet. A search continues for additional suspects.
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