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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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  • Radio2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    So terrible.

    May Officer Bill Evans and Sgt. Brandon Paudert Rest in Peace.. May God bless their families and give them comfort and peace of mind.

    As for the suspects. I hope God will make them punish for what they did.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God bless all involved. Rest in peace Sgt. Paudert and Officer Evans. The Wildlife Officer does have some big ones! Great job to all involved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Somebody buy that game warden a beer!

  • 9f31b6b65166_max50


    about 4 years ago


    R.I.P Officers and i thank that all leos should watch this video as a reminder that u never know what is going to happen

  • 008_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I had the pleasure to meet Officer Neal a couple of weeks after the incident at an FOP Conference, where he was (correctly) named Officer of the year!

    This is a very humble young man and also my hero..He did save countless lives that day and his answer was, I did what I had to do and left it at that!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 4 years ago


    though i don't condone the action, is sad but until the problems are addressed, there will be an ever increasing amount of these, there is alot angry people with weps and skill to use them. open dialog and forum, to found out why people are so angry at the admin. peacemakers however important on this earth all peoples need and will be heard.

  • Avatar_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I'm surprised the suspects didn't hear the Wildlife officer coming up behind them...I'm sure his balls of steel were clanking together

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    WOW! May the Lord Hold and keep these to Warriors, Prayers to the families, friends fellow officers.
    Great Job to respondng officers....
    Most Excellent Job to the Officer respondng in the black pickup, The ultimate surprise helped shut them down
    Great job to all, Glad the POS is Swiss cheese........

  • Nintendo_max50


    about 4 years ago


    May the two officers rest in peace. I'm glad there won't be a trial for these two killers. I couldn't stand to look at them any longer. Great job by the responding officers. A shootout in the Wal-Mart parking lot and the only people dead are the bad guys?? Wal-Mart is ALWAYS crowded, so that says something about the marksmanship of these officers!

  • Acjalogodigital_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP... Condolences to the officers family.

  • P3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP brothers. I hope this shows the lower element how much we love our brothers, look how many officers from different agencys showed up at that walmart and came down on them. Great job wild life officer that was some quick thinking and took some serious courage! god bless the familys of the fallen officers and my prayes will be with there family and there department.

  • 100_1316_max50


    about 4 years ago


    condolences and prayers to the Fallen Officer's Families, and Good Job to those Officers who were able to catch these guys and bring them to justice.

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50


    about 4 years ago


    All I can really say is Wow. Good job to the responding officers.

    RIP to our two brother and God Bless their families

  • Death_sheild_max50


    about 4 years ago


    My condolences goes out to the two Officers and their families I hate to hear and see this!!
    Great Job Done by the Arkansas Wildlife officer and those that helped in stopping the suspects.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Outstanding work by the Wildlife Officer. He probably saved them from having a rolling gunbattle with these creeps that would have put more people at risk. To the Chief, you have suffered enough, you don't need to watch the tape. Just know that you raised a fine young man and that the scum who killed him are where they belong, in hell. My prayers to the family and the Department. Rest in Peace my brothers.

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