Fugitive wanted for NY murder arrested in Seymour

Fugitive wanted for NY murder arrested in Seymour

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Brett Knight (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office) Brett Knight (source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office)
Brett Knight, wanted for questioning in a New York murder, was captured in a home on Creswell Road in Seymour. Brett Knight, wanted for questioning in a New York murder, was captured in a home on Creswell Road in Seymour.

SEYMOUR (WATE) - A man wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Long Island equestrian rider was taken into custody Wednesday in Sevier County.

Brett Knight, 45, was caught by U.S. Marshals at about 8:30 a.m.

The U.S. Marshal's Service told 6 News Knight was taken into custody at a house on Creswell Road in Seymour after U.S. Marshals and the Sevier County Special Operations Response Team located him.

Thomas Brockman was mowing grass across the street when law enforcement officials arrived and took Knight into custody.

"We see like eight cars, two are unmarked obviously some kind of official and then we see three or four guys in camo gear packing 9mm on their side," said Brockman.

Brockman asked what was going on.

"They're U.S. Marshals, and there was a murder suspect wanted in New York, and he's hiding out here in the country," said Brockman.

Detectives from the Suffolk County, N.Y. Homicide Squad were on scene as well. Officials also recovered two handguns.  

According to the US Marshals Service Knight is wanted for questioning in New York for the September 24th shooting death of long island equestrian rider Ross Reisner and the attempted murder of Kevin Murray.

Suffolk County New York police say Reisner was sitting in his Setauket home alongside his longtime partner when a sniper fired multiple bullets through the window of the victim's home.  Reisner was killed and Murray was grazed by a bullet. 

The search for the sniper made national news.  Marshals say Knight was considered armed, volatile and extremely dangerous.

No charges are expected to be filed locally. According to officials Knight has signed an extradition waiver and will be returning to New York.

"A murder suspect, that's a big deal and I'm glad they got him," said Thomas.

Officials say the home is a rental.

Neighbors tell 6 News spoke with say they do not know Brett Knight.

Knight was an American Express executive until he was fired in 2009. According to the New York Post, Knight claimed he was fired for being HIV-positive and sued the company.

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