VALLEJO (CBS13) — It was a packed house in a small church in Vallejo as people remembered a man who was an officer to all generations.
It was a celebration of life Tuesday night, the legacy of Officer Jim Capoot.
Various pastors, ministers and community leaders filled a small house of worship in Vallejo, New Hope Church Community, to remember a man who gave so much. It was a time a time of prayer and reflection.
Police say Capoot was murdered in cold blood last week by 37-year-old Henry Smith. Investigators say Smith is the lone suspect who robbed a bank and then led police on a foot chase, ending with Capoot being shot to death.
Those bullets seem to also penetrate the hearts of those mourning at the church, especially young people.
“I can see that he was very friendly and nice,” said Charnette Briggs, a Vallejo High cheerleader. “He was more like a mentor, a role model.”
Capoot was very active in the lives of countless high school students and their families.
Capoot was more than just a faceless cop in uniform. He often got out of his patrol car and touched the lives of many.
“He lived here, he loved the people here and it came across and how he carried out his duties,” Pastor Terrence Nichols.