Second man arrested in shooting, chase

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Police and the Northern Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force arrested a second man reportedly involved with a robbery and police chase on the East Side on the same day he was indicted for other crimes.

Brandon Jackson, 29, of Youngstown faces charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a weapon. Police Chief Rod Foley said Jackson is believed to have been with Sergio F. Gonzalez Jr. during a Sunday morning incident involving robbery, gunfire and the chase.

The arrest warrants issued for Jackson say he had a silver handgun and an assault rifle. He is believed to have fired the handgun from the car, then fired the assault rifle while chasing another car just before he and Gonzalez began running from police.

Gonzalez, 28, is in Mahoning County jail on a $150,000 bond. Jackson will likely be arraigned todayin Youngstown Municipal Court.

Foley said Jackson is no stranger to police officers.

“He is one of those guys we have had on our radar screen already, and in the last few weeks he has just been screwing up,” Foley said. “He is one of those characters who doesn’t seem to care and just thinks he can do whatever he wants.”

Police came across a considerable amount of weapons and illegal drugs while searching a Truesdale Avenue home Wednesday looking for Jackson.

Reports say officers went to the East Side home provided by Jackson as his address but received no response at the door. Officers attempted to force open the door only to learn it had been reinforced from the inside. Officers managed to enter the house through a rear door.

Once inside, police found suspected crack cocaine, heroin and a digital scale on a dining-room table. They also found a shotgun, semiautomatic handgun and ammunition inside the house.

Foley said Jackson has a lengthy criminal record and is currently under indictment for a previous crime.

A Mahoning County grand jury Thursday handed up indictments against Jackson for possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a weapon.

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