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Casper man arrested Wednesday, charged as felon in possession of firearm

An investigation by Casper police and regional Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents at a Casper home on 10/19/22 (Gregory Hirst, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man convicted of forgery in 2002 was arrested Wednesday on a federal charge of possessing a firearm as a felon, according to a charging document.

Patrick Schutz, 38, was arrested at his home on the 1300 block of South Washington on Wednesday afternoon. Casper police and regional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrived at 1 p.m. to execute the federal warrant.

An Akaar-model 12-gauge shotgun and other firearms were recovered, according to the charging document. 

The warrant was pursued after an ATF agent in the Cheyenne field office was notified in May that Schutz, a convicted felon, was seen at the Stuckenhoff Shooting Range in possession of multiple firearms.

In June, the ATF agent spoke with a source at the range and reviewed surveillance video and sign-in sheets indicating Schutz had been there using the range.

On Aug. 10, ATF began observing the home on the 1300 block of South Washington, and in early September agents saw Schutz leave the property with what appeared to be a pistol holster and rifle case. 

The charge carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.