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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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    hdl28711

    about 4 years ago

    88 Comments

    Bad stuff. The only positive was that the scumbags got what was coming. RIP to our brother LEOs.

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    daroach

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    RIP,let the Mercy and Grace of God be upon the families and all officers.Incredibly saddened by the loss of brothers.

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    GGryphin

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Was that a game warden vehicle that rammed the suspect's van? if so thats freakin AWESOME! RIP to the two fallen officers but im glad the suspects where caught and justice was handed out swiftly!

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    choward07

    about 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Rest In Peace my brothers. To each officer's family, my prayers.

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    eisenschenk117

    about 4 years ago

    216 Comments

    Truly unfortunate. I wonder how in the hell a sixteen year old came to own an AK47. It also confuses me on how some of you post that this situation could have been so easily avoided. I don't thank that many of you posting these comments have ever came face to face with an armed AK47. Its easy to say I would have done this or I would have done that, but until you are truly put in such a horid situation, you may never know. Lets give some credit to these victim officers. R.I.P.

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    Spike_27

    about 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    i may not be an officer yet, but an inncident like this should have never happened, as a firearms enthusiast i am all for gun rights but this incident has offically changed my mind. as for a reply to sergeantduncan on his comment about sahelms, sorry but i dont like to hear of anyone being put down for any reason if sahelm trys to join as an officer the cure for his stupidity is training, you cant expect someone to jump right in and know the job, believe me i have seen quite a few retards obtain a job as officers, and they turned out to be damned good officers in my opinion. as for this incident, i dont know what was running through these two guys heads at the time but to hear about two officers getting gunned down like that is sickening, and they got what they deserved, hopefully police departments and academys all over the us can learn from this and hope to prevent it from happening again. i dont mean to offend anyone or any veteran officers with this post and im sorry if i have done so, but this is simply my opinion. im starting to think that our federal gun laws just may not be strict enough right now to keep firearms out of the hands of idiots.

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    dolphinblue

    about 4 years ago

    42984 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    sahelms

    about 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    I am now officially confused. What did I write that was particularly stupid? In what way did I indicate that I was for the bad guys or against the good guys?

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    rwohlsein

    about 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    It is sad when you see events like this. I know alot of you are annoyed by the idiots posting their civilian 2 sense, but please refrain from telling them to go be "security guards", the armed public safety/ security officers dont appreciate any more idiots joining than we already have (at least in the state of Oregon). I am glad these POS's will never see a court room, they deserved the lead diet they got. Not a nice tax paid cell.

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    beejac

    about 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    That Arkansas Wild Life officer displayed one of the most heroic acts i have witnessed in the past 45 years. Not to mention the way Sheriff Busby and his Chief Deputy W.A. Wren started the action by rapidly approaching the suspect vehicle head on and exchanging fire. I would consider it a great honor to shake the hands of these three great Arkansas LEOS.

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    tiger_forlife84

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Whenever I see my Mom.She says,"Don't become complacent,watch your back,don't trust anyone"Then My Father will say,"And watch your Front" Then He'll say,"And keep your eyes open" Good advice from good parents who love me and don't want me to get killed or wounded on the job.To the families of the fallen heroes.May God heal you and give you peace. And to the wounded heroes.Amen your still alive and heal up real soon.And to your families.Always be there for them and may you also have healing,understanding,and peace.

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    sergeantduncan548

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    To Sahelms you are not a police officers and let me tell you as a vet officers you will never be one mark my words you do nto have what it takes. Also many and I mean many like you try everyday to be a police officer and are weeded out and that is where you will get caught; in the background process. Also this cite is for officer and yes we go over critical incidents that cost us the lifes of each other we would not have it any other way. You do not and will not ever understand that. You are not man enough to. Please go and be a security gaurd and make it unarmed my low IQ friend. Leave the real tough police work to real police officers. I guess I am trying to say GO AWAY PIN HEAD!

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    sergeantduncan548

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    As a thirty year vet Officer from calif working in a very busy city we must look at these thing and take the mistakes made to save the next officers in the same situation. In california we practice as standard proceedure a thing called contact cover. If that was being practiced here Joe Kane probably would of died the moment he stepped from the vehicle. 2nd taking control of that situation by never conductin business between the cars and pulling that kid out of the car right off the bat would of prevented him from plotting against the two officers. You never allow a person whom you are dealing with to go back to the car once you have him away from the car and in this case the officer allowed him to go back to the vehicle. Thus the father at that time and momement made the plan of the shootout. When the stop was made you could see all kinds of movement inside that vehicle when he did the enforcement stop. In my case I would of never approached that car without a cover unit covering me; not helping me do the stop. These other states are going to have to step up the safety game and quit these short academies, poor in services training and no SOP for hot stops, contact cover with suspects and tactical positioning when making enforcement stops. We are not being or acting like we are better here however, we learn from our mistakes. Please for the sake of these officers families step up your game out of state agencies! SGT (ret) JD

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    I will not address the idiot who has posted in this thread but I do wonder why he is here. The way the Kanes chose to fight this fight has saved the taxpayers a ton of money. To all the family members of these fallen Warriors, God's Blessings and healing peace.

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    53TrueBlue

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    To all the family and all the Department (LEO's) GOD be with you all,And to my falling Brothers my you rest in peace.

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