TWINSBURG -- On July 13, 2008, Twinsburg Officer Joshua Miktarian, 33, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Glenwood Drive at approximately 2 a.m..
Approximately two minutes after making the initial stop, he radioed for assistance. Dispatchers then received several 911 calls reporting gunshots.
Responding officers located Miktarian. He was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The driver he stopped, Ashford Thompson, was arrested a short time later by members of the Bedford Heights Police Department in Bedford Heights.
Thompson was convicted of all charges in May 2010 and sentenced to death in June 2010 and is now on Ohio's death row.
The death penalty is now being appealed.
Miktarian had served with the Twinsburg Police Department for 11 years and also served as a part-time officer with the Uniontown Police Department.
He is survived by his wife, Holly who was also a police officer, and their then-3-month-old daughter, Thea.