By Bera Dunau Staff Writer
---- — Menacing suspect Barry Renert waived his right to fight extradition from Virginia Monday, paving the way for his return to New York.
Two days before Christmas, Renert, a former manager at the Seventh Inning Stretch store in Cooperstown, walked into his former place of employment a little before 9 a.m.
Dressed in black and wearing a mask, Renert threatened Seventh Inning Stretch owner Vincent Carfagno with a 9 mm Glock pistol. Carfagno went to the ground and produced his own firearm, firing a shot at Renert. The shot missed, but Renert fled, kicking off a manhunt that culminated in Renert getting arrested at a bus stop in Richmond Va. that same night.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police cordoned off downtown Cooperstown for about two hours. The subsequent investigation involved the Cooperstown Police Department, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, state police, district attorney investigators, FBI Albany and the Richmond Police Department.
Renert has been charged with second-degree burglary. With his decision to waive his right to fight extradition from Virginia, he will be returned to New York to face charges.