Dash Cam Video Captures Police Shooting

Middlefield Dash Cam

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The Middlefield Village Police Department has released dash cam video of a shootout with officers that left the suspect being fatally shot and two police officers injured.

The shooting happened March 10 on Route 608, just south of Tare Creek Parkway.

A report from Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney James Flaiz says Officer Erin Thomas and Officer Brandon Savage stopped a vehicle driven by James Gilkerson after he allegedly failed to stop at the intersection of E. High Street and North State Avenue.

Thomas, who was on her last day of training as an officer with the police department, exited the cruiser and attempted to approach the vehicle.

Gilkerson exited his green Saturn and opened fire on Thomas with an AK-47 assault rifle, the report states.

Thomas then yelled at Savage, who was still in the cruiser, that the subject had a gun. Savage then shot at Gilkerson through the windshield of the police cruiser.

Savage and Gilkerson exchanged gunfire while Thomas called for backup. Gilkerson yelled at Savage saying “Kill me,” the report says.

Gilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later discovered by ballistic reports that he fired 33 rounds from his rifle at the officers.

Thomas was shot in her left hand and ultimately had her index finger amputated. Savage sustained shrapnel injuries to various parts of his body.

According to the report, a search of Gilkerson’s vehicle revealed several rounds of ammunition, a ski mask, black gloves, military style ammo cans, a .22 caliber rifle, instructional DVD’s and pamphlets on homemade weapons and explosives.

Savage has returned to work. Thomas is still recovering from her injuries.

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