Skip to comments.AK-47-Wielding Gunman Fires 37 Times at Shocked Cops During Routine Traffic Stop
Posted on 05/04/2013 6:56:42 PM PDT by driftdiver
Terrifying dash-cam footage captures the moment a crazed motorist opened fire with an AK-47 rifle at police officers who had just pulled him over for a minor traffic violation in Middlefield, Ohio.
James Gilkerson, 42, exited his parked car and then fired 37 shots at the officers and their patrol car, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Officers Erin Thomas and Brandon Savage returned fire, killing Gilkerson.
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> the lady cop sounds like she is more worried about calling
> dispatch then making sure the guy shooting at her is down.
I read the story at the news site.
She’d had a part of an index finger shot off in the first exchange of fire.
I guess if Obama plants enough seeds, eventually one is going to sprout.
Yes, I read that as well. She sounds like she’s panicking.
Much of the country is hovering at the brink.
Thought I heard the shooter saying “Kill me!”
Hope she is not too badly hurt, live fire can be an eye opener.
And an eye closer
OK, we have an assault weapon, a hi-cap magazine. Do we have a Tea Bagger right wing white guy?
I’m exactly the opposite way. The worse things get the more calm I become. I just feel a need to keep an even keel in stormy seas.
I find that's a very good trait to have.
He did in fact say that,several times.Looks like a suicide by cop,he could have easily killed both officers if he really wanted to do so.
If I were a cop I sure hope my partner wasn’t the type to panic under fire. The other cop didn’t seem to hesitate.
“Much of the country is hovering at the brink.”
Yes, America, now USSA, is going to pieces.
I am so thankful that I left before we had even heard of Obumbo.
But a lot of people do not have that trait.
In my youth it didn’t take much to send me into a rage and that just made things worse.
Receptionist freaked. Completely. I told her it was just a finger, and to open the first aid kit. Harshly. I had to apologize later.
You never know how people will react until it happens.
She said “You cover and I’ll call dispatch.” Something about that bugs me. That, and her screaming.
I wonder if they got clearance from Big Sis to call the perp a terrorist.
After that it almost sounds like she’s saying ‘stop firing’ and I think I also hear ‘I’m hit’. Tough situation and they certainly didn’t have long to respond.
The Boston cop who was shot by the bombers had a locking holster. I read he would have had to do 3 different things to draw his weapon. Seems like that delay would have gotten these 2 cops killed.
She actually gave the female scream during the event.
I have seen some of the shows that show live video of global accidents, crashes, etc, and the females still scream, although Hollywood has eliminated it in many action and drama movies since the feminist movement, (horror movies don’t count).
This happened in March.
Curious how the lame-stream media waited until the NRA convention was underway to report this incident?
ABC World News Tonight went from showing this Ohio shooting video to a hatchet piece about the NRA convention in Houston.
By the way, the female cop was shot in the hand, her male partner was grazed by a round. ABC said both officers were “injured” without getting specific.
The shooter was shot 19 times by the police and died at the scene. Before getting shot he shouted at the police, “Kill me! Kill me!”
Suicide by cop.
Other details from various:
According to Cleveland.com, the assault rifle used by Gilkerson was an AK-47. He fired 37 shots at Officers Brandon Savage and Erin Thomas. They returned fire with 54 rounds of their own.
The attorney who represented him in a 2006 drunken driving conviction remembers him as a person who appeared to be anti-establishment.
Gilkerson did not have an extensive criminal past. The last time police in Mentor-on-the-Lake responded to a call to his home was in August 2012 when his mother had a stroke. A person who answered a relative’s phone said he cared for his mother, who had been ill.
In a joint news release from Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich and Middlefield Police Chief Arnold Stanko on Monday, Gilkersons alleged weapon was identified as an SKS semi-automatic rifle.
She tells dispatch that she’s hit and needs an ambulance. She must be the passenger officer. I counted about 17 continuous rounds from the officer on the drivers side. From the video, it does seem that she got about two hits on the suspect.
Quick cool heads prevail.
Appeared to be “anti-establishment”?
Does that mean Commie or Muzzie? That would be my bet.
Getting shot at just plain rattles some folks.
Had to listen a little more. She does say the words “stop firing.” He tells her to call for backup, and tells dispatch she’s hit and needs an ambulance. Normally, if there is a normal, this type of call should go out as shots fired, officers injured, suspect down, and then the location would be given. That would give dispatch and responding officers and the responding supervisor a lot more information than she gave when she said she was hit and needed an ambulance.
Just imagine, someone panics when being shot at....!
3 weeks ago I was having a business lunch with some of my peers. During our appetizer course, a nice rosemary garlic flatbread, I heard a woman say “Please help. She can’t breathe!” Yep, an older lady in her late 60s, choking. Not speaking, not coughing, not breathing.
So I walk over, get behind her, put my hands where they go for this sort of thing and whisper to her “Just try to stay calm. This will probably hurt.”
After the second thrust a middle aged woman at the next booth says loudly “I don’t think you’re doing it right.” I made a motion for her to jump in any time she wanted to. She shut up. I gave a really hard third thrust and out comes half a meatball.
The manager comped our lunch and sent me home with what he said was a double portion of the house made lasagna. When I opened it up I started laughing my ass off. Mrs. L asked what was so funny. Nestled in next to that lasagna was....
You guessed it. Two meatballs. They were really good.
yeah, it tends to get the wrong people killed
She doesn’t sound like she’s ready to be a cop.
One theory is: antidepressants give some the focus, courage, and wherewithal to actually do what they were too down to attempt.
Maybe a couple thousand more years of evolution and the females will get rid of that scream in emergency situations. It was NOT helpful in this one.
they guy was still up and still had the gun in his hand. no reason to stop firing.
Personally, I like to deal with folks that I know have seen the elephant and react appropriately.
Love my neighbor like a sister, but she's an idiot when it comes to emergencies. If I'm there to call the plays, she'll follow orders. Otherwise...
When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.
Musta been a 9mm. I prefer a .45acp although I did recently purchase a .40
Best not to paint with a broad brush.
Everyone reacts differently to stress situations.
Except running out of beer. Pretty much everyone panics over that. ;)
Maybe he was foolishly in pursuit of Dorner.
Nice work, bravo zulu
While not useful in this situation, they don’t seem able to hold it in.
The female scream is just about the most effective alarm there is though, when a woman screams in fear, the world for 100s of yards in all directions comes to a halt, and men start flowing toward it.
There’s another thing that might come into play here, and I might be wrong of course. It’s one thing to fire at a range, where a person has hearing protection. It’s another to hear live gunfire that’s LOUD AND CLOSE. You know what? I think the loud noise of the guns was scaring her even if some of it was coming from her partner, and she just wanted it to STOP. He did the right thing by continuing firing.
Well I guess the pre-employment process should include being shot at by an AK-47 and measure the panic factor. However, I don’t think we would get many applicants.
I do agree there. It is a sound like no other, and heads turn.
The panic and fear I felt when I ran out of beer in my younger days still has some memorable moments.
But that's just the bitter son-in-law in me speaking. 3 ex mother-in-laws. You would have thought I would have gotten 1 good one at least.
In a real emergency I’m like that. Things slow down and I can focus. Not that I always make the right choices mind you when shtf.
Actually it’s the little daily annoyances that can make me lose my sh!t and lose focus.