Police in Middlefield, Ohio today released patrol camera video of a suspect who jumped out of his car and unloaded a semi-automatic rifle at two officers during a traffic stop in March.


TV station WKYC has a better copy of the video on their website. The man, 42-year-old James L. Gilkerson, was shot and killed by the officers when they exited the car to return fire.

WKYC says that two officers pulled Gilkerson over, although news reports don't say why. Within a few seconds he was out of the car and firing at their cruiser. The station wisely edited out the scene where Gilkerson was killed by return fire, but he can be heard screaming "Kill me" at the officers before he was taken down.


One of the officers was shot in the hand, and the other was shot in the leg. Both are recovering from their injuries.

If you've ever wondered why some police officers seem nervous during routine traffic stops, this is why.

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