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December 26, 2013

Cooperstown gunman arrested in Va.

Barry M. Renert, identified by law enforcement officials as the gunman who menaced a Cooperstown shopkeeper Monday morning before he himself dodged gunfire from his intended victim, has been captured by police in Richmond, Va., Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said Tuesday.

Renert, 62, was taken into custody about 10:30 Monday night while waiting to board a bus at a Greyhound station, and the rented black sedan he used to flee upstate New York was found nearby, the prosecutor said.

Police, who with help by the FBI had located Renert by homing in on his cell phone, surrounded him, and he was taken into custody without resisting, Muehl said.

Muehl said the former Richfield Springs resident is expected to be charged with menacing and first-degree burglary in connection with the Monday morning incident, which triggered a commotion in the village of Cooperstown and prompted Bassett Medical Center to lock its doors while police searched for the gunman.

Dressed all in black and with his face masked, the heavily tattooed Renert allegedly strode into Seventh Inning Stretch at 137 Main St., where he had formerly been employed, and confronted the store’s owner, Vincent Carfagno, in a rear office, police said

Carfagno then threw himself to the floor, and with his own handgun fired a shot that missed Renert, Muehl said.

Muehl said it was not immediately known whether Renert will fight extradition to New York.

An arrest warrant for Renert has been signed by the Justice Gary M. Kuch, charging Renart with burglary in the second degree. The warrant has been forwarded to the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office for execution as a fugitive from justice.

If convicted, Renert faces up to seven years in prison. The case will be prosecuted by Muehl.

Cooperstown village police and Otsego County Sheriff’s Office investigators were sent to Virginia to question the suspect, the district attorney said.

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