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Officer Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop

Discussion in 'Line of Duty Death News' started by kwflatbed, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    TWINSBURG, Ohio -- A Twinsburg police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
    Officials said 33-year-old Joshua Miktarian, of Talmadge, had pulled a car over in the 2400 block of Glenood Drive near Route 91 at about 2 a.m. when he was shot.
    Police said Miktarian called for backup and the suspect fled and shot at the officer.
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    Dispatchers tried to reach Miktarian, and at the same time, a nearby resident called 911 reporting hearing shouting and a popping sound.
    The K-9 officer was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The German Shepherd was in the car during the shooting.
    After an extensive manhunt, 23-year-old Ashford Thompson was arrested by Bedford Heights Police. A weapon was recovered upon his arrest.
    Thompson is currently in Summit County Jail awaiting charges and a court appearance on Monday.
    Twinsburg police records show that the reason cited for his traffic stop was loud music, but that Miktarian suspected he was driving under the influence.
    Police say that when they took Thompson into custody, he was still wearing a handcuff that had been attached by Miktarian.
    Miktarian leaves behind a wife and 3-month-old daughter named Thea. His wife is a police officer in Oakwood Village.
    Miktarian was also a part-time officer in Uniontown and owner of the pizza franchise Gionino's Restaurant on Old Route 8 in Northfield. He was a guitarist in a rock band called "Barium."

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  2. PapaBear

    PapaBear MassCops Member

    RIP Officer Miktarian! You served our community with honor and now you serve with St Michael to stand watch over the brethren. God's Speed!

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  3. justanotherparatrooper

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    Rest in peace and may God help your family find peace :(
     
  4. Inspector

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    A defense lawyer for the man accused of shooting and killing a Twinsburg patrolman last weekend contends his client acted in self-defense.
    A prosecutor immediately called the self-defense claim ''laughable.''
    A coroner's spokesman today said Officer Joshua Miktarian was shot in the head at close range.
    Bond was set at $5 million for Ashford Thompson, 23, following his video appearance this afternoon in Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court.
    Thompson is accused of aggravated murder in Sunday's shooting death of Miktarian.
    Thompson remains in the Summit County Jail. A grand jury is expected to hear the case within 30 days and could bring an indictment carrying death penalty provisions.
    Thompson, a licensed practical nurse for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, according to his attorney, had a concealed-carry gun permit.
    Other than driving violations, he has no prior criminal record.
    Defense lawyer Larry Zukerman told reporters after the hearing that representatives for Thompson have interviewed ''the eyewitness at the scene'' of the shooting.
    He said Thompson also spoke to police after the shooting.
    Miktarian stopped Thompson's vehicle near the man's Glenwood Drive home in Twinsburg for loud music and suspicion of drunken driving at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
    Almost immediately, a witness heard shouting and popping noises and called 9-1-1. Miktarian had already radioed for assistance. Dispatchers were unable to reach him afterward.
    The officer, a married father of a 3-month-old girl, was found next to his cruiser with gun shot wounds to his head.
    Powell Caesar, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, said one bullet fragment fired from a medium-caliber gun was recovered during an autopsy Monday.
    He said Miktarian was shot four times in the head.
    According to reports the dead officer's gun was still in its holster.
     

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