Mark Capps, a Grammy-winning recording engineer who worked in the Nashville music scene for 35 years, was shot and killed by police in Nashville Thursday afternoon. A spokesman said a SWAT team member killed him after pointing a gun at his door, as police responded to an incident in which Capps held his wife and adult stepdaughter at gunpoint.
Multiple news outlets in Nashville reported the death, sending shock waves through parts of the local music community. He was part of a family well-known in Nashville circles, as his father was legendary session player, Grand Ole Opry guitarist and Musicians Hall of Fame member Jimmy Capps, who died in 2020.
Capps, 54, was wanted on aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping warrants at the time of her death. Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters that Capps brought his 60-year-old wife and 23-year-old stepdaughter into their family home at gunpoint around 3 a.m. and “told them if they called anyone he would kill them. They wouldn’t let him leave.” for was greatly afraid of him and his actions towards them.” After he fell asleep in the early hours, police said, the two women escaped and went to the Hermitage precinct to file a report. Soon after the warrant was issued at 1:55 p.m., the SWAT team confronted and killed him.
A discography on Capps’ website indicates that, since 1987, he has worked with country and gospel artists including Alabama, Dixie Chicks, Neil Diamond, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Brooks & Dunn, Barry Manilow, Chris Young, Aaron Tippin. , Conway Twitty, Joe Diffie, Oak Ridge Boys, Big & Rich, Gaither Vocal Band, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, The Mavericks, Anita Cochrane, Kenny Loggins, Olivia Newton-John and Isaacs, among others.
The Recording Academy’s website shows that he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Polka Album four years in a row from 2005 to 2008, working with Jimmy Stour and His Orchestra Group.
“Right after the arrest warrant was issued, SWAT was preparing that he barricaded himself inside,” Haroon told reporters, per News Channel 5. “He came to the door with a gun in his hand. At that time he was shot. We have since learned that the exterior of the house is being monitored by cameras. He may well have looked outside the residence. They were in SWAT gear and he was clearly identified as a member of the police department.”
Police said body cam footage is being reviewed and will be released later.