YouTube Video Memorializes Slain Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot

A fellow police officer wrote an original song for the 45-year-old former Marine who was killed last year chasing a suspected bank robber.

Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 12:50 PM PDT
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Vallejo Officer Capoot Memorial

Jim Capoot left behind a wife and three daughters and was a much beloved coach of Vallejo High School's girls basketball team.

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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.

Vallejo Officer Capoot Memorial

An emotional memorial service for Vallejo police officer James Capoot who was killed in the line of duty.NBC Bay Area's Jodi Hernandez reports.
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A Vallejo police officer gunned down in November while chasing a suspected bank robber has been memorialized with a song and video (below) recorded in his honor by a fellow police officer.

The song, "Won't Be Forgotten," was written by Vallejo police Cpl. Steve Darden for Jim Capoot, according to William Tweedy, a retired fire department spokesman for the city.

The song includes spoken tributes to Capoot, a 45-year-old former Marine who served 19 years on the Vallejo police force.

"Jim Capoot, badge 497, won't be forgotten, we know you're in heaven," the song's chorus says. "Vallejo PD gonna miss you man, please God, help us through the pain."

An mp3 can be downloaded from CDBaby.com for $0.99, with all proceeds going toward the James Capoot Memorial Fund, established by the Vallejo Police Officers Association for Capoot's family, Tweedy said.

Capoot, a Vacaville resident, was fatally shot by a suspected bank robber he was chasing on Nov. 17.

Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelight vigil a few days later on the steps of City Hall.

An Arkansas native, he left behind a wife and three daughters and was a much beloved coach of Vallejo High School's girls basketball team.

Police arrested Fairfield resident Henry Albert Smith Jr., 37, for the shooting. Smith is awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case in Solano County Superior Court.

The video has 137 views as of Feb. 10.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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