ISP Officer found deceased in home weeks before retirement

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 27, 2013)– State police say an Indiana State Police Officer was found deceased in his home possibly due to a medical condition.

On Friday, Indiana State Police troopers and Terre Haute City Police and Fire units were called to the south Center Street home of a soon to be retired Indiana State Police officer. Emergency agencies responded to a 911 call from a friend who found the victim unresponsive in his bathroom.

Foul play is not suspected and a medical condition may have played a role in the death.

Michael J. Capicik, 52, of Terre Haute, is the deceased.

Officer Capicik was an active member of the Indiana State Police holding the rank of Corporal. He was a graduate of the ISP 43rd Recruit School and appointed on November 10, 1985. Capicik was scheduled to retire in January of 2014 with 28 years of service to the Indiana State Police and the citizens of Indiana. Capicik served in many capacities within the department such as road trooper, underwater search and recovery diver, supervisor on the overnight shift, Harley Davidson Motor Patrol unit, and most recently in the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center in Indianapolis.

Indiana State Police Detectives First Sergeant Jeff Hearon, Don Anglin, and Michael Taylor are conducting the investigation. Assisting were ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald; ISP Lieutenant Dan Jones. Sergeant Chris Effner and Troopers Brandon Mullen and Bill Bradbury; Terre Haute Police and Fire units, and the Vigo County Coroner’s Office.