Police in Monmouth County say the sight of a handgun during a traffic stop in Tinton Falls led to a high-speed pursuit and crash that killed two people in the vehicle.
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says police pulled over a car Wednesday night, noticed a handgun inside and grabbed it before the driver sped away.
After a 100 mph chase, the car hit several trees, killing two of the three people inside. The third is hospitalized in serious condition.
Their identities were not released, pending notification of relatives.
A second handgun and ammunition also was recovered.
The prosecutor says police did not fire at the fleeing car.