Nothing makes up for a dumb mistake like covering it up, right?
Well, 24-year-old Leverett resident Kalop P. Shetrawski learned that that isn’t necessarily the case. According to a July story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette by Bera Dunau, Shetrawski and 20-year-old Amherst friend Tyson Burnett, drove up to police doing traffic duty on North Pleasant St. to inform them that Burnett had been shot in the ankle by someone who was on the loose.
When Conscience Wins Out
While Burnett was transported to the hospital, Shetrawski agreed to take police to the Mill River Recreation area, where he claimed the shooting took place. But according to Dunau, after Shetrawski returned to the station with the police, he reconsidered his strategy:
<blockquote>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…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.</blockquote>
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.