The handgun that investigators found in Anthony Robert Taglianetti II's car may be the weapon used to kill Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. last week, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said Saturday.
Forensics investigators have been combing through the vehicle Taglianetti was driving when he was pulled over by two members of the a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force - a marshal and a Harrisonburg, Va., police officer - at about 4 p.m. Friday near Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia.
The gun "could be the murder weapon," Gerace said, adding that forensic tests were already under way on the gun.
In addition, investigators found printed copies of emails between Taglianetti's wife and Reed in the car, a law enforcement source said.
Authorities believe Taglianetti, 42, a married father of four who lives in the northern Virginia suburb of Woodbridge, targeted Reed because he believed Reed was having an affair with Taglianett's wife, Mary Jenks Taglianetti, who has ties to Saratoga County.
Reed had met Taglianetti's wife online, possibly when she was separated from Taglianetti.
The emails, described by one source as "intimate," had been sent recently.
Taglianetti found them a couple of days before he drove from Virginia to Clymer, where he allegedly shot Reed on the night of Sept. 21, sources said.
Reed's body was found three days later in a grassy area on his property, about 150 feet from his house, by a Chautauqua County Sheriff's K-9 unit. He had been reported missing the previous day,
Reed, the divorced father of three daughters, had been scheduled to attend a school superintendents conference in Saratoga Springs on the weekend after he was shot. It was not clear whether he had made plans with Taglianetti's wife to meet there.
Mary Taglianetti called law enforcement in Chautauqua County on Wednesday to report that she believed her husband was the killer.
Law enforcement from Western New York to Virginia soon were alerted to be on the lookout for Taglianetti and his car, a Buick Century loaded with camping and survival gear. A wanted poster described him as an ex-Marine who should be considered "extremely dangerous." He was also known to be an avid outdoorsman capable of surviving outdoors.
Gerace said Saturday it appeared that Taglianetti had been camping in the Shenandoah area for several days before he was pulled over Friday afternoon. Taglianetti did not resist arrest when he was approached by law enforcement.
Overnight Friday, Taglianetti was charged with second-degree murder.
It was not clear when Taglianetti would be brought back to New York. Gerace said it would depend on whether Taglianetti decided to waive extradition proceedings.
According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, an unnamed co-worker said Taglianetti showed up at his job at the U.S. Marine Corps History Division in Quantico, Va., on Tuesday - the day after Reed's body had been found but before his wife had called authorities.
When he showed up for work Tuesday, Taglianetti had shaved his head and looked disheveled, the co-worker told the Post-Journal. He announced he was resigning from his job because had been offered a new job elsewhere, the co-worker told the paper.
The co-worker also said many co-workers had their suspicions that Taglianetti was capable of violence.
"If you had walked in here two weeks ago and asked which person in the office would do something like [murder], we all would have pointed at him," the co-worker told the Post-Journal. "Every one of us told our spouses, 'If we don't come home from work some day [Taglianetti] did it.'?"