Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Mark Capps was shot dead by police at his home in Nashville on Thursday, hours after he was accused of pointing a gun at his wife and stepdaughter.
Follow Metro Nashville Police DepartmentCapps woke his 60-year-old wife and 23-year-old stepdaughter at 3 a.m., pointed guns at them in the house and wouldn’t let them go, telling them that if they were to call anyone, he would kill them surname.
When the 54-year-old engineer fell asleep, police say the women fled their home and ran to the Hermitage area, telling authorities they were afraid of Capps. Police spokesman Don Aaron said an arrest warrant had been issued for Capps, charging him with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, and that three SWAT officers had been dispatched to his home.
As officers approached the house, Capps was said to have opened the front door with a pistol in hand, Aaron said at a briefing. One of the officers “considered that Capps’ actions posed an immediate, imminent threat and opened fire,” he said. “Capps died at the scene.”
The recording engineer has worked with top artists such as Alabama, Dixie Chicks, Neil Diamond, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Brooks & Dunn and Barry Manilow. He’s won a Grammy for best polka album four years in a row.
Capps is part of a long-standing musical family in Nashville. He is the son of legendary guitarist Grand Ole Opry and Hall of Famer Jimmy Capps, who also had an illustrious career as a studio guitarist. He passed away in 2020.