Friends and family weren't surprised that ATF agent John Capano would risk his life to intervene in an armed robbery.
"He died in the line of duty, doing what he always did," said his older brother, Jim Capano, reached by phone in Colorado.
Capano, 51, worked on illegal gun cases with Joseph Conway, a former head of the U.S. attorney's office on Long Island.
He was "a good agent; a solid, hardworking guy who showed up for work every morning . . . always looking to move the ball forward," Conway said.
Rory O'Connor, assistant agent in charge of the New York ATF office, said Capano showed his dedication and persistence through his work.
"He was never off-duty," O'Connor said. "That was the type of agent he was. That's how he approached his work."
"He always wanted to be in the fight," O'Connor said.
Weiss said he came to the club with his family. While he didn't talk about his job much, it was known at the club that he was an ATF agent, she said.
Told about the way he died, she said, "I'm sure he'd be the first one to help in a situation like that."
With Matthew Chayes