Name: James C. Capen
Date of Birth: 1880
Date of Death: 05/11/1928
Location of Death: Cumberland, WY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH
Prohibition Agents James Capen and Percy Epperson searched a ranch owned by Mike Soytik near Cumberland, WY. The agents located and destroyed a still hidden on Little Muddy Creek and arrested Soytik. As Soytik picked up his coat and hat, he grabbed a rifle and began firing, seriously wounding Agent Capen. Agent Epperson returned fire striking Soytik six times. Agent Epperson then placed both wounded men in his Government car and drove to a hospital in Kemmerer, WY. Agent Capen and Soytik both died while being carried into the hospital.
Agent Capen joined the Prohibition Unit on 1/1/1924, with an annual salary of $1,800.
Agent Capen was born in Michigan. He is buried in Rock Springs, WY.