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Shocking video of fully operational Domestic Terrorist James Gilkerson, firing his AK-47, dying in a hail of gunfire. Over 70 shots fired. As dramatic as anything Chris Django Dorner did but all captured on video. This is raw police dash cam of a video showing the most unbelievably dramatic gunfight you will ever see. He had a small arsenal and a large library of disturbing books on bomb making, cadaver disposal and covert operations with him.
(This video is really violent and sort of graphic)
Middlefield Police Chief Arnold Stanko said of James Gilkerson, “He was a scumbag, and a terrorist, and he’s dead.” Sums this guy up pretty well. He was certainly on his way to create some sort of bomb. Further investigation will only show more evidence that Gilkerson was planning an attack. The police do not know why he attacked when and how he did, but attack is a word that may be too mild for what Gilkerson unleashed on unsuspecting Ohio cops.
Apparently he was not wanted for anything and, obviously, his ridiculous arsenal was not gonna land him in any trouble thanks to his 2nd Amendment Rights. So why attack in such a way? Gilkerson was likely already determined to attack at some point. I speculate he was paranoid (perhaps clinically) and feared he would not be able to advance his plans when he was pulled over. All indications are this moved up his timetable to declare war on society and just opted to start things off by killing these two cops.
There’s just no doubt that killing Gilkerson was justified.
Fortunately, based on the verbal reactions, the cops immediately see the weapon and it seems like they were able to fire at him right away as after Gilkerson cuts loose an initial blast of slugs theres some sounds that seem to indicate return fire and Gilkeron backs up. I’m guessing he’s slighty wounded but Im not sure.
As you see video shows Gilkerson looking pretty wounded at the end but he’s by no means helpless. Already probably hit at least twice based on his reactions, but Gilkerson continues to return fire. He shouts something like “You better kill me!”
While on his knees at the penultimate moment of the gunfight, he still looks to be working the bolt, possibly to clear a jam, or was attempting to re-aim and continue firing but was too wounded to really do it quickly.
At this point the male cop, who we never see, returns fire with a bushmaster or something like it; and ends it. Gilkerson folds to the asphalt, dead or well on his way and the shooting is over.
The gunfight lasts just 21 seconds.
Gilkerson arguably committed suicide by cop, but all indications are he was getting ready to try something on a grand scale and simply lost his cool and decided Anarchy Day would begin immediately upon a traffic stop. Had Gilkerson been less tightly wrapped he would have continued to violently advance whatever agenda inspired him, but with much more planning and forethought.
The police got lucky…. in several ways. First, they pulled over the right guy and probably stopped a massacre. Second, they somehow survived (albeit wounded) despite Gilkerson’s best efforts. The two police officers are absolutely heroes. Gilkerson left them no choice. This was arguably the most justified use of police force ever.
Society got very lucky too. It’s better that trained and armed police took on this madman rather than having him attack civilians, armed or otherwise, at a time and place of his choosing, likely at a mall or campus somewhere. In fact the armed civilian, sounding about as rattled as he damn well should be after what happened, gets called off by a very amped up and scared cop. He wasn’t gonna be of any help at that point no matter who won.
Spontaneous Suicide By Cop
UPDATE- 5-6-13- The cause of the traffic stop that began this chain of events was Gilkerson running a stop sign per MSNBC as of 11:26 AM EST. This proves the old saying “Never break the law while you’re breaking the law.” It DOES invite the question- Could Gilkerson have run the stop sign on purpose to lure cops in? The answer would seem to be no. The video shows a lag between the time Gilkerson was stopped and the time he came out shooting. It would seem on the surface if he deliberately sparked this encounter he would have been out and shooting immediately.
Here’s CBS News report on the incident