Mark Capps, a Grammy-winning recording engineer who spent 35 years in the Nashville music industry, was shot and killed by police on Thursday in Nashville. According to a spokesperson, Capps was shot and killed by a member of the SWAT team after brandishing a rifle in his doorway as police were called to an incident where Capps was allegedly holding his wife and adult stepdaughter hostage at gunpoint.
According to local reports, Capps brought his 60-year-old wife and 23-year-old daughter into their family room at gunpoint at around 3 a.m. and threatened to kill them if they called for help. The two women managed to escape and report the incident to the police when Capps fell asleep around dawn.
Arrest warrants were issued against Capps at 1:55 p.m., and the SWAT team was called to the Nashville home. When Capps answered the door with a gun in hand, he was shot and killed by a member of the SWAT team. “Just after the arrest warrants were issued, SWAT was preparing in the event he barricaded himself inside,” Aaron told reporters, per News Channel 5.
“He came to the door with a gun in hand. At that point, he was fatally shot. We have since learned there were cameras monitoring the outside of the home. He may have well seen them outside the residence. They were in SWAT gear and clearly marked to him as members of the police department”.
Mark Capps was a Grammy award-winning recording engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He was known for his work with a number of notable country and gospel artists, and his discography included collaborations with Neil Diamond, the Chicks, Brooks & Dunn, and Barry Manilow, among others.
Capps was the son of the late Jimmy Capps, a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Capps had just lost his brother two days prior to the incident that resulted in his own death.