Agent Capano receives the award for his heroic actions on December 31, 2011, during an armed robbery attempt of a pharmacy by a convicted felon who had recently been released from prison. Agent Capano, who was off duty at the time, confronted the suspect, chased him outside, and engaged in a struggle for his gun.
An off-duty New York City police officer and a retired Nassau County police officer also responded to the scene. Special Agent Capano was struck in the chest by a bullet and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The suspect was also shot and died at the scene.
We pay a debt of honor to Special Agent Capano, who made the ultimate sacrifice. Special Agent Capano’s wife, Dorea; his son, John; and his daughter, Natalie will accept the award on his behalf.