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Ex-Brewster Cop Appears in Court

After standoff in March, Patrick Frezza is due back next month.

Patrick Frezza, ex-K9 detective for the Brewster Police Department, is still in jail after a March 30 incident involving a standoff with Carmel officials at his Mahopac home.

He was one of about half a dozen inmates to appear flanked by corrections officers in Carmel Justice Court Tuesday evening. Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis noted that Frezza's attorney has been working on "plea negotations," and he set his next appearance for Nov. 13.

Frezza, who remained silent during the proceedings, is alleged to have fired a handgun in his home, while his wife and two children were present. He then prepared "an arsenal of loaded rifles and guns," collecting them on his bed "in anticipation of a fire fight with the police," according to reports.

Officials initially charged Frezza with three counts of felony reckless endangerment, three counts of misdemeanor second-degree menacing and one count of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was held without bail, and at the time, he retained Carmel-based lawyer Christopher Maher.

Additional charges, two counts of misdemeanor criminal contempt in the second degree, were filed a few weeks after the initial arrest.

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