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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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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    K9brothers:
    All I know is that the Kanes killed two of my brothers on that day and injured two more. They will NOT receive any respect from anyone on this site. You can bank on being banned from this site over and over again as long as you post comments negative towards LEO's. The number one rule here on PoliceLink is to NEVER disrespect verified LEO's. You have done just that with your comments. Not only did you disrespect LEO's here, but you disrespected two fallen LEO's. Get lost!

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    K9brothers:
    Going to the passenger side IS normal. LEO's approach on the passenger side to avoid being struck by passing motorists. Use your common sense. That's why there's a "move over" law.

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    BigDogg

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    K9brothers, just do us all a favor and shut your mouth, your questions are useless atempts to bash Law Enforcement, and remember deadly force is met with deadly force like u said if someone pulled a gun on you, you would defend your self so what makes the police any different? and the only INSULT on this whole thing is you sticking your pathetic nose in and disrespecting Law Enforcement

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    DCfuzz

    almost 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    K9brothers: you can burn in hell with the Kanes. I am a sheepdog, you are a wolf, I protect the sheep, not scum like you.

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    whatitdo

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    My condolences goes out to everyone affected by the tragic loss, especially to the families of the fallen officers.
    RIP to my fellow lawenforcement brothers.

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    EPDL5

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP my brothers and my deepest condolences to your families. K9Brothers you need to be kicked off you are a waist of air and skin. These men are out there protecting you and you talk all this bull.

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    eric99245

    almost 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    moderators, please remove K9brothers, these comments are extremely offensive to anyone that wears the badge or is related to anyone that wears the badge.

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    eric99245

    almost 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    k9brothers..... your a f%#$in idiot.

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    K9brothers

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Look at who pulled the stunt double over in the van. Where it appears Mr Kane is being frisked, stop the video. You can clearly see a COBRA on the guys hat. Since when does a SWAT guy pull someone over on the Interstate and call a SGT for backup? You look at the RAW VIDEO first responders. Notice car #219 has a shadow to the left of his patrol car then notice the SEMI has a shadow to the right of it, then notice when it goes back to the dash cam video of the OMFG guy, the shadows are UNDER the car. Now...unless we have 3 suns, this is not possible because it was 7 minutes from HIGH NOON. Please, prove me wrong. Also, Mr Kane was at least 60 - 70 pounds lighter than that fat slob they used. And his son wasn't that thin! WE HAVE THE RECENT PHOTOS! More to come!

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    BigDogg

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    K9brothers that has to be the most full of shit comment i have ever read... wow is all i can say, you must be a professional ass clown, Rest In Piece to the Officers we lost and may the kanes burn in hell

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    K9brothers

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    The Kanes were never at the first traffic stop! WE HAVE UNDENIABLE IRON CLAD PROOF THAT THE 1ST TRAFFIC STOP WAS A STAGED REENACTMENT. The Kanes knew nothing about what was going on! See proof at www.JusticeforJerryandJoeKane.com The site will be up within 24 hours. Open your eyes brothers. Here's just a part of it: Imagine this scenario. You're at the Wmart with your family, there's been 2 cops shot at a traffic stop less than 2 miles away and 90 minutes earlier. If you even know about the shootings you believe the ones responsible are long gone considering Tennessee is only 10 miles away. You pull out to leave Wmart. A blue car pulls up to the front of your vehicle blocking you from leaving Wmart, the people inside are not in uniform?, they have no markings on either side saying TO PROTECT AND SERVE, no lights flashing, no sirens, no uniforms? on and the occupants of the UNMARKED car open their car doors and start to get out of their car FIRST, one with a gun. Tell me, how would you know they were police? How would you know these people were not CARJACKERS OR ASSASSINS OR CRIMINALS DISQUISED AS COPS? You defend yourself then you even back up to go the other way and a wildlife truck shoots 30 rounds down at your van then rams your van. How can it possibly be misconstrued as those cops acted in SELF DEFENSE when you were going the other way? You wouldn't! Then a wildlife officer shoots 30 rounds down at your van then rams your van. How can it possibly be misconstrued as those cops acted in SELF DEFENSE when you were going the other way? Now they HAVE to come up with a plausible reason why you, your family and beloved pets were killed in cold blood. What do you think the police would do? Admit they got the wrong people? NO WAY. They'd demonize you. They'd wait 41 days to spring their faked reenacted garbage video on you after they assassinated you so you couldn't defend yourself, then character assassinate you multiple times. Call you illegal alien drugrunning Hispanics, White Supremists, They wouldn't release the audio from the 1st stop you were allegedly at. The Kanes were not the shooters at the traffic stop yet it still says on the cops memorial pages that 2 men exited their vehicle with AK-47's at the traffic stop! What men? What 2 AK-47's? More to come!

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    krab

    almost 4 years ago

    168 Comments

    God Bless the downed officers and their families and friends and God Bless the the officers who took down those poor excuses for human beings.
    I refuse to comment on the downed officers performance since I'm not a cop but, you LEOs out there should use these videos to prevent future traffic stop tragedies. Stay safe

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    ERIC4536

    almost 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    Good work by all involved in the elimination of the Kanes. Great work by the wildlife officer.
    God grant comfort to the family and friends of our fallen "Brothers In Blue".

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    angel184blue

    almost 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    my condolences to the officers families and close friends...god bless u all. n 2 d officer with the pick up....i am speechless with your actions.....no words can express what u did.... my brother in blue, no words. we def need more officers like u on the force n god bless u and ur fams. pls take care n be careful out there.

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    angel184blue

    almost 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    this makes me so damn angry....pieces of shyt lowlife scumbags who deserve to burn in hell for internity.... i shed a tear 4 my fellow brother who died in the line of duty.... this saddens me deeply bcuz we are always so critized by our actions...but no one knows except us how it feels to be in the moment of truth....everyone is so quick to point fingers n judge. but one thing that was done wrong is that u nvr take ur eyes of the driver or any of the passengers especially inside the vehicle where u cant see what they could be hiding. the other officer shouldve stayed with the passenger...keeping his eyes on him n quickly look over every once n awhile to chk the other officer. wow my fellow brothers u nvr know...nvr let ur guard down no mattter how minor the infraction.

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