Shelton Man Faces Several Weapons Charges

Shots fired out a New Street window last month led Shelton police to investigate a 46-year-old city man — and a search of his home turned up two illegal guns, police said.

Michael Karolkowski, of New Street, was arrested Friday (Oct. 7) on a warrant.

He was also charged in September, after the incident where he fired shots out of his window and then brought his gun on a middle-of-the-night walk with his wife and 18-year-old son, according to Detective Ben Trabka.

Shots Fired

On Sept. 27, Karolkowski’s wife called police because she was worried about his mental state, Trabka said.

Karolkowski had allegedly fired shots out of his rear window at about 2 a.m., then took his wife and son on a walk away from the home. He was apparently concerned that someone was after him, Trabka said.

Police found the trio walking several blocks away. Karolkowski had a 9 mm handgun, Trabka said.

Karolkowski was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, breach of peace, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm.

He was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for mental health treatment.

The Warrant

Based on the incident, Shelton police got a warrant and searched Karolkowski’s home.

Trabka said they found several guns — some legal, some illegal.

Two of the guns were assault rifles. One of the guns found had its serial number filed off, Trabka said.

On Oct. 7, Shelton police served a warrant at Karolkowski’s home and charged him with two counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Derby on Oct. 11.

“We feel a very dangerous situation was averted, on two separate occasions,” Trabka said.

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