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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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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace, Men. Wildlife Officer Neal is to be commended for his actions. Good job, Sir.

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    HEYSARGE

    about 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIPX2

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    Robocop33

    about 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    RIP my brothers. I would like to commend the heroic Wildlife Officer that rammed the van with his pickup that was stuck many times in the windshield by rifle fire from the suspects. He put his life on the line to immobilize that van so we could kill both suspects.Great job in taking them out guys.

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    maverick823

    about 4 years ago

    766 Comments

    Was it just me or did everyone else get nauseated and pissed off at the same time? My God when will it stop?
    RIP to both officers and may God watch over both families.
    I can not immagine beign a parent and having to watch the video of your child's homicide. My prayers go out to the Chief.

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    adrial

    about 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    R.I.P :(

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    FreezeP

    about 4 years ago

    1456 Comments

    In response to twoeyes, we don't need better gun control laws!! We need to crack down on the ones who violate our current gun control laws. You have to think everytime a law is enacted your really just making it harder on the law abiding citizen and putting more restrictions on the law abiding citizen.Criminals don't care that you pass 10,000 laws concerning the same thing, they only look that the punishment isn't that great so i'll take the chance.Just like i work a part-time job catching shoplifters. They very rarley get jail, they get 1 year probation and fines. What we need is laws that some of these foreign countries have, get caught stealing get your hand chopped off, Now that will get your attention and make you really think about stealing. So far as this senseless MURDER of these two officers, had the two POS lived, there should be automatic death penalty and since it was caught on video, no trial just execution of the perps carried out immediatley.I'm in no way trying to compare apples to oranges. My point is we need to put the HAMMER DOWN on the criminals and quit coming up with all the excuses as to why they did it.Then maybe just maybe we will get their attention and they think twice before becoming a criminal. R.I.P. BROTHERS

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    wildsoldier

    about 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    RIP Brothers.... Prayers go out to the family and friends of the fallen.. Great Job to all the officers involved.. Keep up the good work....

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    RIP brothers. Good job to the officers (ALL) that handled them at the Wal-Mart.

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Those two dirt bags deserved to die. My thoughts and prayers go out to officers friends,family and department. Rest in peace and god bless.

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    Kinder_mapp

    about 4 years ago

    4160 Comments

    RIP Brothers. All you can say is thank god they got them and the families never have to relive it through some stupid trial.

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    bobska

    about 4 years ago

    660 Comments

    WOW don't know what to say. RIP to the two fallen hero's.

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    me123

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tow slain members.

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    twoeyes

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    We really appreciate what you officers do on a daily basis for us citizens. I am so sorry this happened. We need better gun control laws.

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    Dutch101

    about 4 years ago

    1654 Comments

    I'm speechless. Rest in Peace

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    BSPD88

    about 4 years ago

    2212 Comments

    I am left without words after seeing this video. These police shootings need to come to an end.
    Rest in Peace Brothers ....

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