Investigator: Middlefield police find arsenal, bomb manuals in suspect's car

7:13 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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MIDDLEFIELD -- The suspect who opened fire on Middlefield police in broad daylight was in possession of high-powered weapons and instructional books and manuals on how to blow things up.

The items were disclosed in a report by Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz, who investigated the March 10th shooting involving Middlefield police officers Brandon Savage and Erin Thomas.

The shooting occurred during a traffic stop on North State Avenue, just south of Tare Creek Parkway. 

After pulling his vehicle over, suspect James Gilkerson swung open his driver's side door and fired 33 rounds from a AK-47 assault rifle at the two officers.

The officers returned fire, shooting 46 times during a gun fight that ended with Gilkerson dead and the two officers injured. 

The prosecutor's report noted the following items were in Gilkerson's vehicle:

  • One .22-caliber rifle with a scope
  • Eight 40-round magazines and one 20-round, fully loaded magazine
  • Military-style "ammo cans" that store bullets
  • One black ski mask
  • A pair of black leather gloves
  • Black sunglasses
  • Duffle bags
  • Numerous instructional DVD's

Gilkerson's vehicle also contained numerous books and pamphlets with titles such as:  "Acquiring New ID," "Kitchen Approved Plastic Explosives," "Big Book of Homemade Weapons," "Be Your Own Undertaker," "Homemade Detonators," "Kitchen Improvised Fertilizer Explosives," and "Concerting Model Rockets into Explosive Missiles."

In an interview with the Investigator Tom Meyer, Flaiz says that he can only speculate what Gilkerson planned to do with all the items that were confiscated from his vehicle.


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