Skip to comments.DA's disturbing report on ATF agent's death
Posted on 07/17/2012 4:11:03 AM PDT by marktwain
The Nassau County district attorney's office report on the shooting death of John Capano is the first official account of what happened the afternoon the federal Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives special agent died.
The report is raw and it is disturbing:
Capano, we learn, was killed after a retired Nassau County police lieutenant who owned a deli three doors down from the Seaford pharmacy jumped on Capano's back and -- believing the ATF agent had fired a gun near the deli owner's head -- "put his gun to the agent's rib cage and fired."
We learn that there were four guns at the scene. The robber's, the deli owner's, the pharmacist's and one belonging to an off-duty New York City police officer who ran from the deli, along with owner Christopher Geraghty, to help after a pharmacy employee reported that a robber had threatened to "kill everyone."
We learned that Capano, Geraghty and NYPD officer Joseph Arbia fired their guns. The robber's silver pellet gun, it would be determined later, did not work. The pharmacist, according to the report, had grabbed his gun and ran outside before repeatedly asking Capano, as the agent struggled with James McGoey, "John, what do I do?"
He did not fire.
Capano had walked into a robbery in progress. And when confronted by McGoey, he raised his arms and started backing away.
The agent -- in a remarkable show of restraint, given the horrific carnage of a pharmacy robbery in Medford months earlier -- did not draw his gun until after McGoey turned to flee the pharmacy.
Capano screamed at McGoey, "Drop the gun." Instead, McGoey turned a weapon on Capano before turning to run. That's when Capano, pursuing, fired off a round that hit McGoey in the buttocks.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...
I read it and still don’t understand it.
Like any well crafted news report, this leaves the reader with more questions AFTER reading it, than before.
You, Joye Brown, are a credit to your profession.
Do they have “fleeing felon” rule in Nassau county? Very confusing conflagration. He shot the bad guy in the ass!!(??)
Seems like everything’s going to hell these days. Writers can’t write, teachers can’t teach, students won’t learn, news people are liars and the president is a marxist asshole.
You are not alone. Perhaps the explanation lies in Joey's spelling of his name.
In a lot of cases, this type of writing is intended to confuse in order to make everyone look bad.
Probably no fleeing felon statute in NY. The federal standard in this case albeit he was enforcing a state law, is to shoot only when in jeopardy or someone else is in jeopardy. Seemingly on the second part he was fully covered.
Anyway, it is a sad event when one trying to do the right thing gets killed. Since there was a homocide during the commission of a felony, the perp can do a threesome for life in the showers at Attica now given his new found oriface.
On the bright side, there is at least one guy named Max in Utah who can still turn extraordinarily keen insights into beautifully eloquent prose.
I understand this is a 'raw' report, but Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" is more understandable.
"Seems like all the great writers are dead. Chaucer is dead, Shakespeare is dead. And I am not feeling so very well myself." -Mark Twain