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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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    ExplorerFL835

    about 4 years ago

    370 Comments

    Hope they burn in hell !!!! Glad the other officers found them and killed them !!! R.I.P Officers !

  • Dscn1668_max50

    policeguru

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Turds got what they deserved now feed the turds to the lakes of fire in hell!!!!!!!!! rest in peace my brothers in blue we got the watch from here gone but not forgoten

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    HonorCourage23

    about 4 years ago

    44 Comments

    I am so glad they got these a$& holes they deserve to die. Sorry for the loss of two more great officers, I wish their family the best

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    rgandi1

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    As a man who did not cry while watching both of his grandparents slowly and painfully die of cancer, i am in tears at this story and my thoughts and prayers are absolutely and unconditionally with the families of the officers. Its brave men like them and the ones who ended the Kane's lives that make me proud to support our Law Enforcement Officers. God bless you all and may he keep you all safe.

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    DarkBlue

    about 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    I'm speechless

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    Barbrady

    about 4 years ago

    394 Comments

    rot in hell dirtbags...RIP officers

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    kimber4155

    about 4 years ago

    616 Comments

    Great job by the wild officer.

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    bobatkinson

    about 4 years ago

    8262 Comments

    My thanks sto the officers who ended this with extreme predjudice. there by saving the publicv many dollars on a trial and housing of these vile people.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    God Bless. My god be with you, your families, and department. Rest in piece.
    To my brothers in blue: BE SAFE!

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    ksphatcop

    about 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    You will both be missed. Rest in Peace.

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Looks like that memorial page will not post my comments. All these people that signed the POS' guest book are saying that there's absolutely no evidence that the Kanes were involved in the murder of the two police officers. The truth is that when the cops pulled the bodies out, the son had that gun. I"m not going on any further. I do hope my comments will be posted!

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    bulldogdt20012001

    about 4 years ago

    206 Comments

    I went to the academy with the wildlife officer that rammed the van. I believe the Kanes got what they deserved. God Bless all the officers involved in this terrible tragedy.

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    ilegworldchamp

    about 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    This every day "KILLING OF POLICE OFFICERS" must come to an end (MR. PRESIDENT) ! "START USING STIMULUS MONEY TO FUND THE UNDER STAFFED POLICE DEPARTMENTS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May you rest in peace my Brothers , and the Kanes "MAY YOU BURN IN HELL"!

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    Lawful_Blue

    about 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    That video left me speechless, too sad to take in. Rest In Peace!!

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    SuzanneNGa

    about 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    ROT in Hell Mr. Kane and your son! You two have no souls! R.I.P Officer Evans and Paudert. My heart is broken.

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