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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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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16580 Comments

    *GASPS* I just clicked on that link rarebit. I"m beyond disgusted! I will be leaving a BIG piece of my mind on the guest book!

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    Perl

    almost 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    LOVE THE PICK-UP TRUCK TAKE DOWN- Mad props to that officer!The approach tactics were good, but then too much potential for crossfire. Great job guys.
    ~Wf

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    FreezeP

    almost 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    I'm grateful for the bravery that all officers showed and gave R.I.P.
    I'm also glad so see those pile of vile POS get what they deserved and may they rot in HELL

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16580 Comments

    I can't bring myself to watch those videos... Unbelievable that a 16-year-old would have that type of weapon and killed two officers :-(

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    FlyingDutchman

    almost 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    This saddens me to the very core, Rest in Peace by LEO friends, Lord Bless Us and Keep Us Safe.

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    Haileo20

    almost 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    OMG R.I.P.

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    chief2302

    almost 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    R.I.P. Brothers of the Thin Blue Line

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    mucholucho

    almost 4 years ago

    214 Comments

    Again, very sad as I watch it again. But to answer bearlady:
    Actually in the first video you can see the dog's refelection moving around in the van so he was the perp's dog. But how did that dog manage to escape?! Somehow it had to be wounded but man there were so many bullets flying!

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    FloridaState12

    almost 4 years ago

    114 Comments

    RIP, officers. What a horrible video to watch. I imagine the video from the second dashcam would be a lot more graphic and even harder to watch. I don't blame the chief one bit for not wanting to watch his son get murdered.
    I'm glad the killers are burning in hell where they belong. I got goosebumps when I saw that Wildlife Officer drive right into the gunfire and stop them from leaving. Excellent job and truly an amazing act of bravery. Great job by all the responding officers. These pieces of human excrement will never again see the light of day. Great work.

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    rarebit

    almost 4 years ago

    98 Comments

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    BklynsFinest347

    almost 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    That's any cop's worst nightmare, a perp wielding a high-powered machine gun. God rest their souls. RIP my brothers.

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    bearlady

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    OMG, my prayers and thoughts are with your families...thanx to all who "got the bad guys" Did anyone help the black dog that appears to run from the van or was it a K9 (more bite to the fight)

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    bill9823

    almost 4 years ago

    2106 Comments

    R.I.P. Brothers

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    usaf1199a

    almost 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    Absolutely heart breaking. Rest in peace and thank you gentlemen for your service.

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    carim

    almost 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    My prayers go out to all families involved. It was great as a civilian to see the conjoined works of all law enforcement involved that led to the outcome. It was hard to watch the first video though; not being able to see what was actually occurring out of the view of the dash cam did not lesson the impact of the video; It is infuriating and heartbreaking .
    Rest in peace Sgt.Paudert and Officer Evans.

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