Vernon man charged in Manchester shooting | Crime & Courts

MANCHESTER — A Vernon man accused of firing multiple shots on Charter Oak Street on January 18 also had an acquaintance attempting to set fire to a woman’s car with a Molotov cocktail, according to a police affidavit .

When police later searched the man’s car, they found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the center console and a gas storage tank in the trunk, the affidavit said.

On Friday, police charged 24-year-old Jahzaun Clarke with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit third-degree arson and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police responded to reports of gunfire on Charter Oak Street just after midnight on Tuesday.

The affidavit completed by Manchester Police Detective Joseph Davis states the following:

Officers spoke to a woman who said Clarke texted her earlier in the night about a car he was planning to return. She sold it two weeks ago, she told him, which infuriated Clarke. He replied that he would come to her home, contrary to a protective order.

Later that night she was outside, walking back from a neighbor’s house when a car started speeding down the street.

Someone got out with a ski mask and a lit bottle and threw it on their car.

Next, she received another text message from Clarke telling her she was dying, and about 30 minutes later Clarke drove by again and fired a gun.

Video taken by another person at the woman’s home showed a vehicle similar to the one registered to Clarke driving by. Flashes of light similar to a gun’s muzzle flash appear on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

After Clarke was arrested on Tuesday, police obtained a search warrant on his car and found the pistol and gas container, a ski mask and two lighters in the front cup holder.

Clarke chose not to speak to the police about the incident.

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