James Capoot Suspect Makes Plea in Court

Funeral for fallen officer is Wednesday.

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 10:09 AM PDT
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Vallejo: Legacy of Fallen Police Officer

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Vallejo: Legacy of Fallen Police Officer

Vallejo has seen tough financial times. Its police force has felt the brunt of increasing crime and a shrinking staff. But even as budget cuts lowered moral, one officer went above and beyond the call of duty. Fallen Officer James Capoot leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd reports from Vallejo.
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The man Vallejo police said shot and killed one of their own plead not-guilty in court Tuesday morning.

Officer James Capoot died in the line of duty while chasing down a bank robbery suspect two weeks ago.

The Solano County District Attorney's Office has charged the  alleged shooter, 37-year-old Henry Albert Smith Jr., of Fairfield, with murder.

Smith has served two prior prison sentences for an assault with a  firearm in Solano County and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon in San  Mateo County, according to the California Department of Corrections and  Rehabilitation.

He was paroled on June 26, 1995, and returned to prison on March  20, 1998. Smith was most recently paroled on Sept. 4, 1999, according to the  CDCR.

Officer Capoot will be buried Wednesday.  He began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1990. In 1992 he left the CHP to become a police officer for the City of Vallejo.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer and their three daughters, Jillian, Jamie, and Justine.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday November 30, 2011, at Corbus Field (adjacent to Vallejo High School) 840 Nebraska Street starting at 11 a.m.

The Vallejo Police Officer’s Association has created a memorial fund on behalf of Officer James Capoot’s surviving wife and three daughters. These funds will be used to establish a trust fund in the family’s name and an account has been opened with Bank of the West’s Vallejo branch.

Donations to Officer Capoot’s memorial fund can be made as follows:

Officer James Capoot Family Trust
C/O Vallejo Police Officer’s Association
(Sergeant Mark Nicol)
P.O. Box 4218
Vallejo, Ca. 94590
(707) 644-3913
 


Bay City News contributed to this report.

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