Metro police on Wednesday arrested a convicted robber they believe is responsible for a daytime carjacking that led to the shooting of 30-year-old Jeffery Renfro.
Officers found Keith Lamont Farmer hiding in a closet at his mother’s home on Batavia Street Wednesday afternoon. They arrested Farmer, 24, for allegedly shooting Renfro in the chest, in the parking lot of a Clarksville Pike Phillips 66 Market on Aug. 1.
Surveillance camera footage, according to police, revealed Farmer allegedly approached the driver’s side of Renfro’s 1987 Chevrolet Caprice and shot Renfro in the chest. The victim was able to escape out of the passenger side door and run for help.
Police believe Farmer then allegedly jumped into the car and drove it a few miles before it got stuck in a ditch. He escaped into a wooded area, eluding police dogs and a police helicopter.
Detectives later developed Farmer as a suspect in the violent carjacking, and according to police Renfro identified him from a photo lineup as the man who shot Renfro. Farmer refused to answer detectives’ questions following his arrest, but they believe Farmer randomly chose Renfro as his victim.
Police expect to charge Farmer with especially aggravated robbery as well as serve him with an outstanding warrant for telephone harassment against a former girlfriend. Police said he received a seven-year sentence on robbery and gun possession convictions in January 2006.