Firearm Case Goes To Natrona County District Court
The case involving a Casper man accused of having a gun in his possession when he shouldn't have, and then tried to pass it on to a bystander, will proceed to Natrona County District Court.
A Natrona County Circuit Court Judge, has determined that prosecutors have met their probable cause burden, against thirty-four year old Shawn Mapp, who is facing one felony charge of a felon in possession of a firearm, along with misdemeanor counts of interference with a peace officer, and carrying a concealed weapon.
Casper police say in middle September, a sergeant was out of patrol in the area of Second and South Jefferson Streets, when he saw Mapp, and knew there was a warrant out for his arrest.
The Sergeant told Mapp to stop on three occasions, but Mapp kept walking away, and later pulled out a small metallic object, which was later determined to be a semi-automatic pistol.
Mapp then approached a bystander and tried to slip the pistol into the bystander's sweatshirt pocket, but missed and the weapon fell to the ground and then Mapp surrendered.
Investigators later discovered that the safety on the pistol was off, and there were five rounds inside.
Mapp and the bystander did not know each other.
Prosecutors found out Mapp has at least three prior felony convictions, which disqualifies him from possessing a firearm.
He is being held on $15,000 bond awaiting trial and could face up to three years in prison, on the felon in possession of a firearm charge if convicted.