An investigation into illegal shooting on private property has resulted in the arrest of a Glen Burnie man on 13 criminal charges and the seizure of four guns from his property.
Kevin Patrick Chetelat, 55, will appear in Anne Arundel County District Court in Annapolis March 24 for a preliminary hearing on the charges, which range from being a felon in possession of guns to trespassing.
Officers responding to complaints of gunfire found Chetelat and another man at the Northern Recycle Center, 100 Dover Road, Glen Burnie Feb. 25. The two men ran into the woods, ignoring police orders to stop, but finally surrendered.
Neither man had a gun, but Chetelat had a holster, a box of 0.22-caliber ammunition and two loaded Walter P22 magazines on him. Chetelat told officers he hid the gun at the edge of Furnace Creek. Two searches by officers and K-9 units failed to find the loaded handgun.
Chetelat received criminal citations for trespassing and failing to obey a police order. A subsequent check with the Maryland State Police Gun Center confirmed that Chetelat was prohibited from owning guns because of a 2007 conviction on a second-degree assault charge in Baltimore County.
On March 13, Natural Resources Police officers served a search warrant on Chetelat’s property in the 700 block of Shoreland Drive and found two rifles and two shotguns along with ammunition.
The maximum penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is 15 years in prison.