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article imageOhio Man Kills Police Officer, Claims Self-Defense

By Christine Mattice     Jul 15, 2008 in Crime
A man, who shot a police officer in the head four times during a traffic stop, claims self-defense, according to his defense attorney Larry Zuckerman.
Joshua Miktarian, an 11-year officer with the city of Twinsburg, pulled 23-year-old Ashford Thompson over for loud music and suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning. What happened next is reported in the Record-Courier:
Miktarian stopped Thompson’s vehicle at 1:54 a.m. and requested assistance over the radio at 1:56 a.m. A 911 call was placed “at nearly the same time” by a resident of the same block [of where the shooting occurred] to Twinsburg police.
“The 911 caller reported hearing shouting between two people and popping sounds,” he said.
At 1:57 a.m. a “status check” of Miktarian was radioed from Twinsburg dispatch to Miktarian’s cruiser. There was no response from the officer.”
Police were dispatched to the scene and found Miktarian laying on the ground. His “partner,” a k-9 German Shepherd was in the back seat of his cruiser, unharmed.
Miktarian was life-flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Police reports list his time of death as 2:48 a.m.
Thompson was arrested at his home at 2:41 a.m. A set of Miktarian’s handcuffs was dangling from one of his wrists. Thompson is charged with aggravated murder and remains in jail on a $5 million dollar bond.
Zukerman, who said that he had spoken with an eyewitness to the shooting, did not offer any further details as to why his client is claiming self-defense.
Twinsburg, population of approximately 17,000, is located midway between Akron and Cleveland. Miktarian is the first of their police officers to ever die in the line of duty. He leaves behind his wife, Holly, and his 3-month-old daughter. Miktarian was 33-years-old.
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