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2 guns plus ammunition seized in Brockton after brief car chase

A brief police pursuit ended with a car crash in Brockton in which two suspects were injured and a “ghost gun,” a second gun, and dozens of bullets were recovered, State Police said.

The incident began around 2 a.m. Friday when Trooper Thomas Shruhan spotted a 2018 Mercedes Benz traveling south on Route 28 in Milton. Boston police were seeking the car in connection with a Jan. 2 investigation of shots being fired in Mattapan, State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in a statement.

Shruhan followed the Mercedes onto Route 24 South, where he was joined by Troopers Joseph Connor and Aaron Richardson in their cruisers. All three attempted to pull over the car, whose occupants were suspected of being armed, he wrote.

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The troopers tried to pull the vehicle over on Route 24 south of the Harrison Boulevard exit ramp in Avon, he wrote. “The vehicle’s driver refused to stop and a pursuit was authorized,” he wrote.

With the troopers in pursuit, the vehicle continued south on Route 24 until they reached Exit 18, the Route 27 interchange that leads into Brockton, he said. At that point, State Police called off the pursuit.

“Cruisers were able to observe the vehicle continue at a high rate of speed down Rt 27 toward Brockton,’' he wrote. “Approaching the intersection of Rt 27 and West Avenue, the vehicle operator lost control and crashed into a pole.”

Troopers arrived at the crash scene and took two men in custody from the car, both of whom were transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening, Procopio wrote.

In the wreckage, troopers allegedly recovered a so-called loaded 9mm “ghost gun” made out of polymer with no serial number; a loaded 9mm Kahr Arms handgun and two magazines for that weapon; a ballistic vest carrier capable of holding ballistic plates; 48 9mm bullets and large-capacity magazine capable of holding 33 bullets.

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Police said they believe Jhovanni Jackson, 21, of the Bronx was the driver and 22-year-old Aquan A. Hudson of Brockton was the passenger. Both men were charged with illegal possession of firearms, carrying loaded firearms, possession of a large-capacity feeding device, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Jackson is also charged with multiple motor vehicle offenses, use of body armor in a felony, resisting arrest, and refusing to identify himself to police, Procopio said.

Jackson remains hospitalized while Hudson is to be arraigned in Brockton District Court Friday.

The incident remains under investigation.



John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.