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Dashcam Released of Arkansas Police Slayings

Dashcam Released of Arkansas Police Slayings

An Arkansas Wildlife officer takes cover during a shootout in Crittenden County, Arkansas.

The Commercial Appeal via YellowBrix

July 01, 2010

JONESBORO, Ark. — From the cab of his FedEx truck, Vincent Brown had a bird’s-eye view of the shooting that killed two West Memphis police officers on May 20.

A short video clip from an officer’s dashboard camera released Wednesday shows 16-year-old Joe Kane in a red T-shirt slowly open the passenger-side door of a 1994 white Plymouth Voyager van and wield an AK-47 assault rifle. Within seconds. he vanishes from the camera’s view.

But Brown’s account, which is part of a 240-page preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, fills in the gaps.

The truck driver’s rig was parked behind the two police cars on the off ramp at mile marker 275 on Interstate 40.

Brown couldn’t hear the shots because of his tractor- trailer’s engine. But he told investigators the chilling scene he witnessed:

It began, he said, when a “potbelly guy” driving the van – Jerry Kane Jr. – suddenly pushed Officer Bill Evans down an embankment and into a ditch.

Then Joe Kane – “a skinny kid” as Brown identified him – came out of nowhere with what appeared to be an automatic weapon with a long clip. He began to fire.

Brown said Evans tried to draw his weapon with one hand and extended the other in front of himself as if to say: Stop.

Sgt. Brandon Paudert, who’d arrived as backup for Evans, took cover behind his partner’s Chevy Tahoe. But it appeared that Joe “timed it just right” to shoot Paudert in the head, Brown told investigators, and then stood over his body as the officer lay in the roadway.

Both Kanes got back in the van. The video clip shows Joe firing four more rounds of the AK-47 out of the van’s passenger-side window in the direction of Evans as his father slowly drove away.

A crime-scene report said Paudert lay on his back, head pointed west, feet toward the east, with his semi-automatic weapon in his right hand. He had a “large, gaping wound extending from his chin to the top of his skull.”

Evans was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His bullet-proof vest, shredded by gunfire, lay in the ditch along with his handheld police radio.

Mike Walden, prosecuting attorney for the 2nd Judicial District in Arkansas, said Wednesday that officers involved in a second shootout that killed the Kanes 90 minutes later in the Walmart parking lot, were justified and that he didn’t anticipate filing any charges.

Police recovered 144 shell casings from various weapons — pistols, rifles and shotguns — at the Walmart crime scene.

Some officers told state police officials that Joe Kane still had his finger on the trigger of his weapon when his body was pulled from the van.

Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and Chief Deputy W.A. Wren were wounded in the second firefight. Busby recovered from a bullet wound to the shoulder.

Wren has been in a rehabilitation center in Jonesboro since his release from the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He could be released as soon as Friday.

Raw Video: First Shootout in Which West Memphis Officers Were Killed

Raw Video: Second Shootout in Walmart Parking Lot in Which Suspects Were Killed

Prosecuting attorney Walden said if the Kanes had survived they would have faced capital murder charges in the deaths of Evans and Paudert.

The investigation is ongoing because material from the FBI and the Arkansas State Crime Lab has yet to be reviewed. Walden released the preliminary report because of the amount of media inquiries and public interest in the case.

Investigators determined that Joe Kane wielded the AK-47 while his father had a Taurus 45/LC 410 revolver.

The evidence log in the preliminary report shows that police recovered ammunition from the Kanes’ van along with a marijuana brick, rolling papers, a scale and screens with burnt marijuana cigarettes behind the passenger seat. They also found hotel receipts, CDs titled “Banks Do Not Loan Money” and $301, among other items.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, Brandon’s father, took his wife and Brandon’s family to Florida this week to escape the media coverage of the investigative report’s release.

He hasn’t seen the dash camera video or read the report. A state investigator briefed him on a few details.

“I have mixed emotions about looking at the video,” he said. "I probably need to as a chief, but as a father it’s going to be very difficult.

“It’s the last few minutes of Brandon and Bill’s life. Everyone keeps saying I’m strong, but I’m not strong. This has had a major impact on me.”

Staff reporters Cindy Wolff, Jody Callahan and Kevin McKenzie contributed to this report.


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    excop23260

    about 1 year ago

    796 Comments

    Rest In Peace, brother Officers. At least the perps got neutralized now. Maybe Obamma can try to make heroes out of the Kanes.

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    KWallace1611

    almost 2 years ago

    34 Comments

    They just showed this on World's Wildest Police Videos and said that the Kanes were associated with the Sovereign Citizen movement. This is still such a sad story.

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    Deefuzzz

    about 2 years ago

    940 Comments

    My heart grieves for the loss of my brothers. May they rest in peace.

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    granny1

    over 2 years ago

    1448 Comments

    rest in peace, this is just so sicking, im speachless.

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    hnyangl

    over 2 years ago

    610 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brothers...thank you for your service. Prayers to all involved, their family, friends, co workers and communities.
    I have a video on my facebook page made by Chief Paudert, it must have been very hard to make that video after his son was killed. I put it on there as a reminder to myself and my co workers to always watch out for each other and ourselves and never ever let your guard down, even for a moment.

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    patrickT

    over 2 years ago

    322 Comments

    My prayers are with you.

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    TimTheTanker

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    These jackasses make me sick. How can anyone side with these sickos? Screw them! They killed two Police Officers! WTF! How is any kind of violence towards the Police, and HELLO, MURDER, in any way "cool" These kids and grownups for that matter, need to re-evaluate what the hell they are thinking. LEOs are here to serve and protect. You can't just do whatever the hell you want to! RIP Officers!

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    iwanttobeacop911

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    2 law enforcement officers dead. im 70 percent sure the kanes did what they did because of the amount of marijuana that was in the car. 2 officers lose their life because of a plant. When are we all gonna wake up?!? RIP OFFICER EVANS AND OFFICER PAUDERT

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    bookwormbrown

    almost 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    To the wildlife officer in the pickup , You saved the day by disabling the vehicle so that swift justice could be done. If you had not taken that great risk for sure a vehicle pursuit and more innocent people could have gotten hurt or killed. Rest in peace my fallen brothers for your actions did not go without justice.

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P. to those honorable officers, full and speedy recoveries to those injured. Prayers to family and friends of all of those involved. This is horrible to see happen...

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    justiceISaVIRTURE

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    eteam8! dude you are a level head! and you have a great head on your block, may *God be with you! now i dont get the vid right now, but what is sad here is that the 16yr old man that knew right from wrong, as a 6yr old child, and if i'm not reading what i read wrong his father drove off with him? that is why i couldn't not be in that level of policing, that lil bitch punk will be question as a minor, and some 1 should have pop his booty but ass and his father that taught him that walk og life! yall be careful out there ET8, i would have had to smoke his ass my-self, {{{oh yeah i read down further somebody did split their jive asses, good job men, great work, the street are cleaner just a tad-bit}}}}

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    entryteam8

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Nothing needs to be criticized here, I am a 10 year vet w/ 7 years of S.W.A.T., directly involved with 2 shootings......It doesnt mean I cant make a mistake tomorrow......to those who criticize, screw you, for the rest of us.....let us pray my fellow brothers.....god bless those fallen officers....and their families..........amen.

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    Darkshadow113

    about 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    I am really saddened to see this video footage of my brothers in arms being killed. As an officer, we often find our selves up against the wall for the actions we have taken. At least this time they media can’t say that the officers responding weren’t justified in using the necessary amount of force needed to take down these two subjects. My whole hearted prayer goes out to the family of Officer Evans and Sgt Paudert. Rest in Peace my brothers for your watch here on earth has ended but has it has just begun in heaven.

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    SULLYMAN

    about 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in peace brothers...I have to agree with HDL. At least these 2 won't be wasting anymore of the world's oxygen.

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