James Gilkerson

This video is terrifying:

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Police here said today they still do not know why James Gilkerson jumped out his car and began firing at Middlefield police officers who had pulled him over after Gilkerson had run a stop sign in the village.

They did say Gilkerson fired 37 rounds from an AK-47 rifle on March 10, and that the two officers fired back with 54 rounds of their own, killing the Mentor-on-the Lake man.

Full Story – HERE

When ever anyone ever says police officers get paid too much I like to refer them to videos like this.  How much is getting into a gunfight like that worth to you?  I can honestly say that if someone said “Mike, I’ll give you a million dollars to pass training and be a cop for only one week, but you are going to get into a gunfight at some point during that week which you may or may not make it out of” I would pass.  That’s how much I respect the work police officers and the military do.  Sure a lot of it may be what people consider babysitting, but the possibility of any type of crazy situation like this happening makes me feel like they deserve every penny and more of their salary.  There is really no price I would feel comfortable putting on my life.  The one officer lost a finger in the encounter… I’d really have to think what even that would be worth to me.

Was the gunman trained by Buck Yeager? (see pic 7/10 in the slideshow)  Yea he could have got that book from anywhere I know, I’m just curious… it’s not like it really makes a difference.

Pic 8/10 “Advanced Close-Range Gunfighting” – Oops… must have just got that one.  Lucky for the cops.

Parrot-and-AK47I always roll my eyes when they present books like that to try and paint what a bad guy he was.  I think the fact he unloaded 37 rounds at the police is good enough evidence, not the fact he had a keen interest in weapons and explosives.  That hardly makes him a “terrorist” as the police chief so eloquently put it.

Thoughts?

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