Official: Friendly fire likely killed agent in NY

January 3, 2012 - 12:15 PM
Pharmacy Shooting

An undated photo released by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent John Capano. Capano died while trying to subdue a suspect in a pharmacy robbery in Seaford, N.Y., Saturday Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Department of Justice)

SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A law enforcement official says an off-duty federal agent who died after intervening in a pharmacy robbery on New York's Long Island was likely shot by a retired police officer who responded.

The official is familiar with the investigation but not authorized to release information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

ATF agent John Capano was shot Saturday in Seaford while struggling with the suspect.

A retired Nassau County police lieutenant and an off-duty NYPD officer were nearby and ran to the scene. It's believed that the retired Nassau officer shot Capano during the skirmish. The NYPD officer shot the suspect.

Nassau police declined to comment.

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Associated Press writer Colleen Long in New York City contributed to this report.