Nashville Grammy Winner Shot Dead By SWAT Team

Grammy-winning Nashville recording engineer Mark Capps was shot and killed by police on Thursday. Capps worked in the Nashville music scene for 35 years with some of the biggest names in the business. The police released the bodycam footage of the shooting which you can see in a video below.

A spokesperson said he was killed by the SWAT team after he brandished a gun in his doorway. Police were responding to an incident in which Capps allegedly held his wife and adult stepdaughter captive at gunpoint.

Capps, 54, was wanted on aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping warrants at the time of his death over the allegations made by his wife. Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said Capps brought his 60-year-old wife and 23-year-old stepdaughter into their family room at gunpoint around 3 a.m. and “told them if they called someone, he would kill them. They were extremely frightened by him and his actions toward them in not letting them leave.” 

Capps fell asleep around dawn and the two women fled the scene. They went to the Hermitage police precinct to file a report. The SWAT team went to his house after the warrants were issued at 1:55 p.m. 

Aaron said: “Just after the arrest warrants were issued, SWAT was preparing in the event he barricaded himself inside.

“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.”

Capps is the son of Grand Ole Opry guitarist and Musicians Hall of Fame member Jimmy Capps, who died in 2020.

Capps worked with artists including Alabama, the Dixie Chicks, Neil Diamond, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Brooks & Dunn, Barry Manilow, Chris Young, Aaron Tippin, Conway Twitty, Joe Diffie, the Oak Ridge Boys, Big & Rich, the Gaither Vocal Band, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, the Mavericks, Anita Cochran, Kenny Loggins, Olivia Newton-John and the Isaacs, and others.

Capps won a Grammy for best polka album four years in a row, from 2005 through 2008, working with the group Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra.