A man wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of an East Setauket man who was shot through his window last month was apprehended Wednesday morning in Tennessee, a spokesman for the US Marshals said.
Brett Knight, 45, was apprehended Wednesday after a nationwide search led US Marshals to a home in Seymour, Tenn. Knight is being held in the Sevier County Jail after being wanted for questioning in the Sept. 24 murder of Ross Reisner – an East Setauket resident and acclaimed equestrian – and the attempted murder of his partner, Kevin Murray.
Homicide detectives said Reisner was shot through the window of his home on Upper Sheep Pasture Road around 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 24. Investigators said the assailant may have been staking out the home and fired multiple gunshots into the residence. One of the bullets, which flew through a front window, struck Reisner in the chest. He died at the scene. A second bullet grazed his domestic partner, Kevin Murray. Murray declined medical attention at the time.
Federal officials said Knight purchased a motorcycle to travel the country and was living in a home on Creswell Road in Seymour, Tenn. A slew of law enforcement officials, including US Marshals, Suffolk County homicide detectives and members of the Sevier County Special Operations Response Team, raided Knight’s Tennessee residence on Wednesday and recovered two handguns inside. Authorities said he was considered “armed, volatile, and extremely dangerous.”
Knight is being held at the Sevier County Jail in Sevierville, Tenn., while he awaits extradition to Suffolk County. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Knight had signed an extradition waiver after a Wednesday court appearance. The waiver cleared the way for Suffolk homicide detectives to bring Knight back to face a New York judge. It was unclear when he would face arraignment on Long Island.
Suffolk County police have declined to comment on Knight’s arrest. The agency would not confirm if charges have been brought against him, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Sources said there was an ongoing dispute between Murray and Knight, which resulted in a harassment complaint being filed against Knight. Knight had reportedly previously lived in the basement apartment of the East Setauket home. After Murray reported the alleged harassment to authorities, Knight was charged by Suffolk County police on misdemeanor harassment charges, but failed to appear at a court appearance. A judge subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest.
“We are very glad of the outcome of this investigation. The Marshals Service and the New York detectives were in constant communication throughout this long investigation and all precautions were taken in the apprehension," said Jimmy Fowler, the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals said his special operations team was activated and ready to pounce on Knight as soon as they learned he was living in the county. “They train for these types of high-risk apprehensions. That no one was hurt and that the fugitive is in custody is proof of their training and dedication.”