Leverett man charged with shooting Amherst man in leg

  • The police station in Amherst.  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/Kevin Gutting

Published: 7/25/2018 8:18:30 AM

AMHERST – Kalop P. Shetrawski, 24, of Leverett, was arraigned Wednesday for the accidental, non-fatal shooting of Tyson Burnett, a 20-year-old Amherst man.

Shetrawski pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and intimidation of witnesses, jurors and persons furnishing information in connection with criminal proceedings. Judge Patricia Poehler, who is presiding over the case, appointed attorney Robert Ferris to represent Shetrawski. 

Amherst Police said they were called Monday at 2:47 p.m. to the area of 826 North Pleasant St., where Burnett was shot in his right leg.

Burnett was transported to Baystate Medical Center by the Amherst Fire Department. The injury is not life-threatening, police said.

Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Sarah Pascal said in court that police were doing traffic duty when Burnett drove up to them and said he had been shot. Burnett initially said that another man besides Shetrawski had shot him. Shetrawski was with Burnett in the car.

Pascal said that Shetrawski agreed to return to the station with the police and then told police that Burnett’s narrative was not true. Shetrawski said that the two had been at Crestview Apartments when Burnett had taken a magazine out of a handgun and handed the gun to Shetrawski, according to Pascal. Shetrawski then allegedly hit the slide release and shot Burnett, Pascal said.

According to the statement of facts submitted to the court, the shooting took place at 26 Crestview Apartments, Burnett’s apartment, and Burnett was shot in the ankle. The statement also says that Shetrawski initially lead officers to the Mill River Recreation area, where he claimed the shooting took place, prior to going to the station. It goes on to say that Shetrawski admitted at the station to accidentally shooting Burnett and that he led officers to the Mill River Recreation area because he was told to.

Shetrawski is being held at the Hampshire County House of Correction pending a July 30 pre-trial detention hearing.

Police said that the incident remains under investigation, and that it was an isolated incident that poses no danger to the public.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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