Massapequa Agent, Suspect Identified in Fatal Pharmacy Robbery

John Capano who intervened in robbery was a 23-year ATF veteran.

The two men killed during an attempted robbery at in Seaford Saturday afternoon have been identified.

John Capano, an off-duty federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), was shot and killed as the suspect attempted to exit the pharmacy. Police have not said who shot Capano.

According to the Daily News, Capano, 51, of Massapequa was in the pharmacy to buy cancer medication for his father when the suspect, James McGoey, 43, of Hampton Bays, entered the store and announced a holdup.

NBC has reported that Capano was a 23-year veteran of the ATF and a trained explosives expert who taught U.S. military and local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq how to investigate blasts.

Rory O'Connor, assistant special agent in charge in the ATF's New York office, told NBC:

He was a veteran agent who did his job well. Even though off-duty, he felt the need to take action in an attempt to protect the public.

Saturday's fatal shooting is the second of its kind on Long Island in 2011, after a lone gunman four people at a Patchogue pharmacy during a botched robbery in June.

CuriousComments January 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Sorry to hear it. Times are tough. My condolences go out to family for Agent Capano. May 2012 be a year of prosperity that will curb such incidents.
John Brosnan January 02, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Rest In peace brother. I pray for Agent Capano's family and for the other two police officers who risked their lives for our safety.


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