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December 26, 2013

Cooperstown gunman arrested in Va.


“Our guys are down there, Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert said Tuesday, “along with the sheriff’s office guys.”

The Cooperstown Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, FBI in Albany, state police and district attorney investigators all participated in the investigation and manhunt, Covert said.

“Agency cooperation is what makes everything work,” said Covert.

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 on Tuesday. “Now we have some closure and people can rest assured that he’s caught and relax a little more for Christmas.”

Covert said that getting Renert back from Virginia would not be a problem.

“He has the right to fight extradition or he can waive extradition,” said Covert, who said that if Renert chose to fight extradition, the process would just take a little more time.

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.

Reporter Bera Dunau contributed to this story.

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