MIDDLEFIELD - The small Geauga County town rattled by a shooting that left two officers injured and the gunman dead has been putting the incident in the past.
"The community responded admirably in support of the two officers as well as to all the members of the police department," police Chief Arnold Stanko wrote in an email.
But the department has placed a moratorium on interviews with the officers.
A motive for the gunman's firing on officers has not been determined, he said.
Stanko said the department has not changed its training techniques since the shooting, but did purchase new 45-caliber semi-automatic Smith & Wessons to replace the 9 mm handguns.
It was just before 6 p.m. March 10 when Officer Erin Thomas, on training duty with her instructing officer, Brandon Savage, pulled over James L. Gilkerson, 42, of Mentor-on-the-Lake.
Dash cam video from the officers' cruiser shows Gilkerson failing to yield at a stop sign when turning from East High Street onto North State Avenue. The officers turned around to pull him over. They stopped him on North State Avenue near Tare Creek Parkway, a little south of Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen restaurant.
Police said the man came out of the vehicle firing a semi-automatic rifle. The Middlefield officers, both wounded, returned fire, killing the gunman.
Thomas had gotten out of the passenger side of the cruiser and circled behind it. When she just about reached the cruiser's front bumper, dash cam video released by the Middlefield Police Department shows Gilkerson popping out of his car and firing an AK-47 style semi-automatic rifle at officers and the cruiser.
Gilkerson moved to the middle of the road, Thomas retreated to the back right bumper of the cruiser, and Savage fired through the windshield, hitting Gilkerson.
Gilkerson is seen on the video yelling, ''Kill me. Kill me,'' and dropping to one knee while still aiming his weapon at police.
According to reports on the LawOfficer website, Savage fired 29 rounds, Thomas 17 and Gilkerson 33 rounds.
Geauga County Prosecutor Jim Flaiz ruled that Savage and Thomas were "in imminent danger of great bodily harm or death'' and were justified in using deadly force in self-defense.
Police found 400 rounds of ammunition loaded into 10 magazines and two knives on the front seat of Gilkerson's car, according to the Geauga County Maple Leaf. Literature on bomb making, rifle fighting and insurgency was found in the trunk.
Thomas sustained serious gunshot injuries to her left hand fingers. Shrapnel was embedded in her right wrist and she received a gunshot wound to her left thigh. She was transported by helicopter to Metro Hospital in Cleveland, where she underwent surgery to repair her injuries.
Thomas has yet to return to work and it is unclear when or if she will.
Savage sustained minor injuries to his left knee from flying fragments. He was treated and released from University Hospital in Geauga and has since returned to work and has been promoted.
In a news conference in May, Stanko said it was police training and the grace of God that saved the officers' lives.
"(The officers) were a better shot," Stanko said.
He speculated that Gilkerson may have been planning a separate major act of violence considering the ammo and literature found in the car. Exactly what has never been determined, he indicated last week.
The Geauga County Maple Leaf contributed to this story.