BRISTOL - A Terryville man has been charged with having an illegal assault rifle and two large-capacity magazines.
Louis Shavell, 32, was allegedly found in possession of the illegal materials May 10 after he was involved in a car accident in which he pointed a gun at a witness, police said.
He was arrested that day on charges of first-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility, restricted turns fail signal and second-degree breach of peace. This week, Shavell was arrested on additional charges of possession of an assault weapon and two counts of failure to obtain a large-capacity magazine certificate.
According to police, Shavell allegedly sideswiped another car May 10, at about 8 p.m., at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Vanderbilt Road. No injuries were reported.
Following the crash, police said, a witness stopped his vehicle nearby and addressed Shavell, who then allegedly pointed a gun at him. Shavell, police said, then drove away from the crash and was followed by the witness.
Shavell drove into the Plymouth Police Department parking lot and told officers there he was frightened because a witness to the crash was screaming at him following the collision.
He noted that the witness followed him when he drove away. Shavell denied pointing a gun at anyone.
Plymouth police contacted officers in Bristol, who responded to investigate, as the incident happened in the city.
Police searched Shavell’s vehicle and found a handgun. He had a permit to legally carry a pistol. Both the gun and the permit were seized by police. He then agreed to surrender a number of other guns he owned, according to police.
Upon searching Shavell’s home and seizing a number of legally owned guns, police found an assault rifle and two large capacity magazines, according to the arrest warrant.
The warrant said Shavell should have registered the rifle and the magazines before April 5, 2013 - when they became illegal - had he owned them back then.
Shavell is free on a $6,000 non-surety bond, and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court July 10.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.