A Grammy-winning recording engineer was shot and killed by police. They were investigating claims that he had kidnapped and held his wife and stepdaughter hostage.
Don Aaron, the public affairs director for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, stated in a “critical incident briefing” that Mark J. Capps, 54, allegedly pointed a gun at police who arrived to assist with the kidnapping.
According to Aaron, SWAT officers entered the Summit Run Pl. residence. to execute a warrant against Capps for “holding his 60-year-old wife and his 23-year-old stepdaughter in the home at gunpoint during the night” for two counts of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault.
Aaron stated that Capps pointed a gun at the mother and daughter when he woke them up at 3 a.m. They claimed that he used a gun to force them into the living room and prevented them from leaving.
Here’s Ring camera footage a neighbor gave me which caught SWAT arriving at 4x Grammy-winner Mark Capps Hermitage home on Thursday. @WKRN pic.twitter.com/gwEud79TLp
— Peyton Kennedy (@peytonTVkennedy) January 6, 2023
They claimed that Capps kept pointing the gun at them and began threatening to kill them and “any police who showed up at the house,” according to Aaron.
The director of public affairs was informed by the two victims that they were able to escape when Capps fell asleep. They drove to the Hermitage police station from the house.
Later, just prior to two in the afternoon, the police issued an arrest warrant and informed SWAT of the circumstance. This, according to Aaron, was brought on by Capps’ violent behavior the night before and access to firearms.
Capps was unaware that SWAT had made it close to the house when they arrived at the scene. He then, while armed, “opened the front door.”
Capps was instructed to raise his hands by 14-year SWAT veteran Kendall Coon. Aaron continued, “Officer Coon determined that Capps’ movements posed an immediate threat and fired.”
From the door, officers can be heard shouting, “Show me your hands!” at Capps. After shots are fired at the glass door, the officers enter the house. Before a picture of the gun Capps was holding was shown, Aaron stated that Capps had passed away shortly after.
The case is being investigated by both the MNPD and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, according to Aaron. He stated that the investigation had just begun and would “take time to finish.” The MNPD is examining the officers’ actions to ensure that they “meet the high standards expected of our officers,” and the TBI and the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office are also looking into it.
I’m truly at a loss for words, Mark Capps helped on my album. Mental health is so important. Please pray for the entire Country music and Gospel music industry as it’s lost one of its most talented producers to ever work in a studio. If you need to reach out to someone, DO IT. pic.twitter.com/JFfxX7rIxL
— Cody Green (@GoHeelsCody) January 6, 2023
According to Billboard, Capps collaborated with Barry Manilow, The Chicks, Big & Rich, and Olivia Newton-John throughout his career. The late Jimmy Capps led the lead guitar for the house band of the Grand Ole Opry. Between the years 2006 and 2009, Capps and Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra won four Grammy Awards for the best polka album.
According to Variety, Mark Capps posted about his brother’s death on social media two days before he passed away…