BRISTOL - A Terryville man accused of pointing a gun at someone and having an illegal assault rifle has applied for two programs that could help him avoid prosecution.
Louis Shavell, 32, appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation and another diversionary program targeted at defendants charged with firearms offenses. During the programs, should they be granted, he could be placed on a form of pretrial probation for up to two years.
If Shavell were to be enrolled in the programs and avoid any new arrests, while complying with any other court-ordered conditions, his cases would be dropped. A judge will decide on Aug. 15 if the programs are appropriate.
Shavell, who is free on a $6,000 non-surety bond, was allegedly found in possession of an assault rifle and other illegal materials on 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. Last month, 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 high-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.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.