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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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    nypd3527

    about 4 years ago

    262 Comments

    I love the way the perps van was stopped my prayers go out to the officers and my congratulations go out to the fine work of all that were involved in getting these dirtbags

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23284 Comments

    This was difficult to view. RIP officers.

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    grant319

    about 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    This is extremely hard for me to watch. I work about 3 hours from her and went through the academy with two West Memphis officers. This crap is geting too close to home and I have to agree with msparks23 we need better equipment. We are out here putting our lives on the line everyday with a pistol and some of us have the priviledge of having a shotgun and these guys should have made it apparent that we do not have what we need. Not saying the equipment would have saved these officers lives, but it could have you never know. And if noone else has said so I would like to personally thank the AGFC officer for doing what he did that took real heart. Also our prayers are now and always will be out for the families and friends of these fallen brothers.

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    DDemlong

    about 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    My prayers to the officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and and my gratitude to the officers who stopped these scum bags

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    gammyland

    about 4 years ago

    438 Comments

    That wildlife officer has BALLS OF STEEL!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is becoming too much of an occurrence everywhere. What the hell is it going to take to shove the truths down the political figures of every level that we need better vehicles with armor plating for such incidents like this, and better weaponry to outmatch what these criminals are wielding these days. If they are getting access to automatic weaponry then we as officers should be able to carry and wield the most up to date automatic weaponry that are made for the military. After all we are a para military organization, so why are we getting shafted by our upper chain of command, and the politicians. The Upper Chain of command in all police agencies need to place their political bullshit aside and be there to provide these tools we need and start forcing the politicians hands in these matters. Grow a set of balls people and work with us to prevent incidents like this and start giving us what the hell we need. I realize that it will not stop all incidents but it will show that these fucks to think twice before having it out in a shootout with police.

    My prayers go out to the families who are being traumatically affected by this horrific tragedy. Rest in peace brothers, we will carry on in your place and eventually make it to heaven to be together in peace and harmony.

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    broady

    about 4 years ago

    1252 Comments

    Sympathy to the families and friends left behind........................summary justice for those animals who killed the officers.

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    KMCHERY21

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Son of Bit**es!!! I hope those 2 criminals are paying in the worst way the killing of those two officers. It breaks my heart to watch this video but at the same time it makes me so angry inside!!!

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    David4946

    about 4 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officers... Good riddens dirtbags !

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    bklyn

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    at least the outcome for the shooters was just. some dumba--- lawyer would have done his damnest to get them off.

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    USLawman1983

    about 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    There's a lot we can glean from the videos. I'd ask everyone to learn from it so that our brothers sacrifice is not in vain. Huge kudos to the wildlife officer who took a "this thing stops here" stand.
    ~ RIP fallen brothers ~

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    AZmeangreen

    about 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Rest in peace brothers.

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    theshieldman2000

    about 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    ditto Robocop33!

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    FutureLawMan83

    about 4 years ago

    560 Comments

    RIP brothers...That Wildlife Officer kicked ass ramming that van..

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    LeahC

    about 4 years ago

    1780 Comments

    I can not even begin to explain how seeing this makes me feel inside... Other than my heart hurts!! RIP Prayers to the family and Department!!

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