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Vallejo PD Remembers the Life and Legacy of Fallen Officer Jim Capoot 10 Years Later
Posted on 11/17/2021

On November 17, 2021, the Vallejo Police Department remembers the life and legacy of Officer James Lowell Capoot (known as Jim), who was tragically killed in the line of duty ten years ago today.
 
There are many words to describe Jim, but none that can truly capture the positive impact he made on our lives. Jim was a humble servant, great husband, amazing father, community leader, friend, mentor and brother to many.
 
Recently, the VPD submitted a request to the City of Vallejo to rename 13th Street (Mare Island) to “James Capoot Street”. The request was unanimously approved Vallejo City Council on November 9, 2021. The location of the street naming is symbolic for two reasons. As a former Marine, Jim was stationed at the M37 Marine Headquarters in Vallejo on 13th and Flagship. Jim Capoot Street will also intersect with Azuar Drive, named after fallen Vallejo Police Officer Jeff Azuar who was killed in the line of duty on April 12, 2000.
 
The Department will work with Jim’s family, current officers, the Vallejo Police Officers Association, retirees, and the community to host an official street re-naming and ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2022. The VPD is also planning host a 5k run during that time, as Jim was an avid runner. In the coming months, the Department will also be working to replace the Azuar and Capoot memorial sign destroyed by vandals last year.
 
Click here to view a video tribute by the Vallejo Police Department, featuring several never-before-seen photos provided by Jim’s wife, Jennifer, and the Capoot Family.

Vallejo PD Honors the Life and Legacy of Fallen Officer Jim Capoot on 10-Year Death Anniversary

Vallejo PD Honors the Life and Legacy of Fallen Officer Jim Capoot on 10-Year Death AnniversaryVallejo PD Honors the Life and Legacy of Fallen Officer Jim Capoot on 10-Year Death Anniversary 

Please see the obituary below from the Vallejo Times Herald illustrating Jim’s incredible life.
 
James Lowell Capoot (November 2, 1966 - November 17, 2011)
 
“Officer James Lowell Capoot, 45, of the Vallejo Police Department was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 17, 2011 in Vallejo, Calif. A loving and devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle, officer, coach, neighbor and friend, Jim lived a full and extraordinary life.
 
Born Nov. 2, 1966 in Little Rock, Ark., Jim attended local schools in Little Rock and
graduated from John L. McClellan High School in 1985, where he was a distance runner on the cross country and track teams. Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 18 and was stationed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, where he met the love of his life, Jennifer Eileen DeCarlo. The two were married at St. Basil's Catholic Church in Vallejo on Aug. 29, 1987.

Jim left the Marines in 1989 but remained on Active Reserve through 1993. In 1990, he joined the California Highway Patrol and began his career as a peace officer. And, in 1993, he joined the Vallejo Police Department. For 19 years, Jim distinguished himself as a Vallejo police officer while endearing himself to the Vallejo community. He served as a motorcycle officer, motorcycle instructor, driving instructor and SWAT officer. He received two Vallejo PD Medals of Courage, one Life-Saving Medal and many other department commendations.
 
And, in 2000, Jim received the Officer of the Year Award. Jim coached the Vallejo High School varsity girls’ basketball team and in his second year led the Apaches to a 25-7 record and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Championship. Jim left the Apache bench in March 2011 to bring into his home the two children of close friends who were killed in a motorcycle accident in January.
 
The Vallejo Police Department cherishes and honors your memory.

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