Two men were arrested Sunday on suspicion of several firearms related charges, gang participation and parole violations.
Thaddeus Thomas, 25, and Norris Jones, 23, were arrested in the 800 block of Brundage Lane after a pursuit. Both are convicted felons, documented gang members and on parole from the California Department of Corrections, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.
Over the past month, BPD has responded to six reports of ShotSpotter activations and shootings in neighborhoods between Brundage Lane and 4th Street, and Union Avenue and T Street, BPD said. On Sunday at about 9:47 p.m., officers were patrolling in the 200 block of Donna Avenue when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. The driver didn't yield and led officers on a brief pursuit.
As officers were followed, they observed the occupants discard two firearms, BPD said.
The vehicle eventually stopped in the 800 block of Brundage Lane and the two occupants were detained. Officers recovered two loaded 9mm handguns thrown from the car, and one of the firearms was stolen, BPD said.
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