James Capoot Vigil Open to Public

Sunday night vigil drew hundreds to the steps of Vallejo city hall

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    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. (Published Friday, Nov 18, 2011)

    Vallejo faith organizations are holding a vigil this evening for  slain Vallejo police Officer James Capoot.

    The vigil, which is open to the public, will take place at the  Good Samaritan Baptist Church at 407 Capitol St. at 6 p.m.

    Capoot, 45, who had been with the Police Department for 19 years,  was fatally shot while pursuing a bank robbery suspect on Janice Street last  Thursday afternoon.

    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 not entered a plea and will return to Solano County  Superior Court on Tuesday.

    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.

    Several pastors in Vallejo have been counseling residents in the  wake of the shooting, said Rev. Terrence L. Nichols, of the New Hope Church  Community.

    The vigil comes at the end of a three-day holiday conference about  hope and self-esteem for youth, he said.

    A youth choir will perform at the start of the vigil, and local  pastors and the Vallejo Police Department's chaplain are among the scheduled  speakers, Nichols said.