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Middlefield Police release dashcam video of fatal shootout during March 10 traffic stop
news-herald.com ^ | May 4, 2013 | Matthew Skrajner

Posted on 05/04/2013 4:51:34 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

Middlefield Police have released the dash cam footage of the deadly March 10 officer-involved shooting in which a Mentor-on-the-Lake man was killed and two officers were injured.

The nearly 2 1/2 minute video begins by showing Officers Brandon Savage and Erin Thomas driving southbound at about 5:55 p.m. on Route 608, when a green Saturn failed to stop at the intersection of 608 and East High Street.

The officers enacted the traffic stop a short distance north of the intersection. As the officers prepared to approach the vehicle, the video appears to show the officers discussing movement in the Saturn.

“He’s hiding something,” Thomas can be heard saying.

Sitting in the passenger seat, she then exited the cruiser and circled back behind it to the driver side. Savage remained in the driver seat.

Before Thomas reached the front bumper of the cruiser, James Gilkerson, 42, quickly exited his vehicle and began firing on the officers with a FEG 7.62x39, commonly referred to as a AK-47 style semi-automatic rifle. About 45 seconds elapsed from when Gilkerson stopped his vehicle to when he exited and began firing.

Gilkerson can then be seen moving away from his vehicle out further into the middle of 608 and toward the police cruiser. After being hit by shots from Savage, Gilkerson moves back toward the Saturn repeatedly yelling, “Kill me.”

As Gilkerson drops to one knee still pointing his gun at the officers, Savage asks Thomas, “Are you hit?” Continued... ( if on line newspaper link does not work try this one, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Pt9FS-dgS9s )

WARNING VERY GRAPHIC!


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: beginningresistence

1 posted on 05/04/2013 4:51:34 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; ...

Ohio Ping!


2 posted on 05/04/2013 4:52:30 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

He held the AK variant like it was a full auto he could spray and pray, only it wasn’t....


3 posted on 05/04/2013 5:01:50 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Another link with longer video: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/05/middlefield_police_still_wonde.html


4 posted on 05/04/2013 5:02:07 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Plenty of anecdotal evidence that the “gunman” was deranged, yet they can’t resist blaming the evil “assault” weapon boogieman.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 5:09:23 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

The Dude had some serious issues.

Good job of the cops for removing him from the streets - permanently.

Good thing they weren’t limited to 7 rd mags.


6 posted on 05/04/2013 5:24:26 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
AK-47 style semi-automatic rifle.

Must have slipped past the editor...

According to the media and politicians aren't all assault weapons fully auto...?

That aside...the police did a great job..in bringing down a dirt bag...

7 posted on 05/04/2013 5:31:15 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Plenty of anecdotal evidence that the “gunman” was deranged, yet they can’t resist blaming the evil “assault” weapon boogieman.


The fact that he shot at them and the fact that he didn’t wait for them to approach the car is all the proof you need. He was not thinking. He was just “done” and they were the hapless recipients.

He was also a lousy shot.

Gerald Celente: “When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”


8 posted on 05/04/2013 5:56:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

“These AK-47s have got to go,” he said. “I could have lost two officers out there.”


Really? How many shots hit the officers?

What if the guy just waited for them to reach his car and used a shotgun or pistol? They are lucky he was not all that bright.


9 posted on 05/04/2013 6:01:15 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

suicide by cop


10 posted on 05/04/2013 6:01:23 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

He was 42. Did he have a criminal record, or did it just take a long time for him to go off the deep end?


11 posted on 05/04/2013 6:04:03 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
I like the one cop that emptied his/her clip to “make damn sure”. Good ridence to the scum bag. Glad the cops both survived. I challenge ANYBODY to how they would react under the same circumstances.
12 posted on 05/04/2013 6:13:45 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
“While stopping short of saying these types of guns should be outlawed, the chief did say there was not really any practical use for them.”

Here is a practical use for a semi-auto gun:

Protecting yourself & family from wackos, just as these officers had to do.

13 posted on 05/04/2013 6:18:56 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Progov

ridence to the scum bag. Glad the cops both survived. I challenge ANYBODY to how they would react under the same circumstances.


I’m with you. The Lord was with those two officers. Not a single hit. Pure chance should have put at least a couple of bullets into them.

What I found really interesting about it was the reaction of the perp as he was hit by bullets. None of this clutching of his chest and yelling, “you got me, copper!”, before he collapses, dead. People don’t realize that often times bullet hits are kinda like getting stabbed by a pencil. You can take quite a few before it becomes a problem, assuming no head or vital organ shots. Especially with lots of adrenalin.


14 posted on 05/04/2013 6:24:41 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

The response by the white car was interesting.

BTW, I had to look for the stop sign he ran. What a stupid intersection. It means everyone taking a right there, even if the light was green for straight, has to stop. That should have been a yield sign.

I hate intersections like that.

Apparently this guy did too.


15 posted on 05/04/2013 6:33:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Actually the article states that one officer had multiple shrapnel injuries to multiple parts of his body and the other officer lost her left index finger.


16 posted on 05/04/2013 8:16:42 AM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Thanks. The longer video shows the entire shootout. I’d say the officers kept pretty cool under the circumstances.


17 posted on 05/04/2013 8:19:48 AM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: cuban leaf
.... People don’t realize that often times bullet hits are kinda like getting stabbed by a pencil.

Which is exactly why I use Talons in my CW. Wadcutters are also a nice choice. Awful big Pencils. They I read they open in excess of 1 inch in my 1911.
18 posted on 05/04/2013 10:33:56 AM PDT by krogers58 ())
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To: cuban leaf
BTW: Middlefield has a sizable Amish community that still use horse and buggies, the possible reason for the odd traffic light/sign pattern.
19 posted on 05/04/2013 5:10:29 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Mister Da

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1nPSNnaBo


20 posted on 05/04/2013 5:25:41 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: BBell

Actually the article states that one officer had multiple shrapnel injuries to multiple parts of his body and the other officer lost her left index finger.


Yes. I missed the finger part. So it appears one bullet actually struck one of the officers.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 5:56:31 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

BTW: Middlefield has a sizable Amish community that still use horse and buggies, the possible reason for the odd traffic light/sign pattern.


That’s pretty funny. We have a lot of them around here too. I’ve been on the parkway on my way to work and there is often a buggy riding on the shoulder, but sometimes they are actually in the outside lane.


22 posted on 05/04/2013 5:57:54 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
“These AK-47s have got to go,” he said. “I could have lost two officers out there.”

Great idea, moron. How is disarming law abiding citizens going to save your officers when kooks and criminals don't care if you ban their AKs and high-cap mags and clips and use them anyway?

You're a leftist, commie, gun-grabbing oppressor and you have violated your oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

You're a domestic enemy.

23 posted on 05/04/2013 8:01:21 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; cuban leaf
I agree 100% with you and Cuban Leaf..!

“These AK-47s have got to go,” he said. “I could have lost two officers out there.”

Great idea, moron. How is disarming law abiding citizens going to save your officers when kooks and criminals don't care if you ban their AKs and high-cap mags and clips and use them anyway?

You're a leftist, commie, gun-grabbing oppressor and you have violated your oath to protect and defend the Constitution.

You're a domestic enemy.


A Typical day in Middlefield, Ohio
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24 posted on 05/05/2013 4:17:49 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I have a picture of my car parked in a mall parking lot and the car next to mine is an Amish buggy and one horse. :-)


25 posted on 05/05/2013 7:05:31 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
My car at the mall in central Kentucky and another customer's transportation:


26 posted on 05/05/2013 7:31:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Thanks, Dave. That leftist “logic” just ticks me off every dang time.


27 posted on 05/05/2013 7:37:51 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: cuban leaf

Is that vehicle leaking antifreeze?


28 posted on 05/05/2013 8:07:35 AM PDT by Starstruck (Don't rest. We came close to the 2nd Amendment being field tested.)
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To: Starstruck

Is that vehicle leaking antifreeze?


I think he has to cap it off daily before he heads out to the mall.


29 posted on 05/05/2013 8:32:24 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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