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December 27, 2013

Renert in custody after Monday incident

Smalley's Theater, 7th Inning Stretch site of attack, shooting

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Covert said that the FBI primarily assisted the investigation by providing technological resources, which helped to track Renert.

“I’m glad it ended without any injuries,” said Covert. “Now we have some closure and people can rest assured that he’s caught and relax a little more for Christmas.”

As of this morning, Cooperstown Police Department and Otsego County Sheriff’s Office investigators had yet to interview Renert in Virginia.

“They’re still waiting to get into the facility,” said Covert.

Law enforcement sources said Renert had a grudge against Carfagno after the latter reported to village police earlier this year that Renert had stolen money from his shop while working there. That alleged crime was still under investigation at the time of Monday’s incident.

Renert owns a house in Richfield Springs with his wife, Rebecca Sweet, according to county records. Sweet recently obtained an order of protection, forbidding Renert from contacting her. State police said in September that Renert violated that order, and he was briefly jailed at the Otsego County Correctional Facility.

Cooperstown police issued a nationwide all points bulletin for Renert shortly after the Monday incident, describing him as armed and extremely dangerous.

Cooperstown Crier Reporter Bera Dunau contributed to this story. 

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