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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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    clayton1966

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    I dont know what to say Except that there is to Much of this S**T going on I'm glad that it ended The way it did in the Wal-Mart parking lot Great Job to all of thoes involved. My thoughts and prayers Are with the Families and the Police Departments involved. God Bless them all and God Speed Oficers Bill Evens and Brandon Paudert You're Sacrifice will not be forgotton GOD BLESS. To the Ofcr In the P/U Truck GREAT JOB what you did was really great You went above and beyond the call of duty In my book You Are (ALL) HEROES Please Take Care And BE SAFE OUT THERE You're Community Depends on you...

    E.O.W MAY 20th 2010

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    dantecastillaorozco

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    grave falla tactica operativa de los dos oficiales, dieron la espalda y no cachearon a los sospechosos, yo soy policia federal en mexico y bajo ningun concepto perdemos de vista al conductor y acompaƱantes, aun cuando el conductor lo hayamos bajado, lo colocamos en la linea de fuego entre nosotros y los acompaƱantes, una verdadera lastima la muerte del oficial. el chaleco no resistia los impactos de 7.62 , pero ahi el oficial de cobertura tenia la obligacion de haber llegado con arma larga

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    jeady

    about 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    I am saddened to hear of two more fellow LEO's having fell at the hand of life's lowest form of garbage, and I pray for strength and spiritual guidance for the families and fellow officers and friends of both officers.
    I cant give enough praise to the Sheriff and his Chief for taking an active part in this ordeal and for their victory over these two pieces of trash. It is totally absured that a man would teach his own son to hate any one so much that he would be able to kill this easily and with on remorce or fealing. I am glad I don't know and have never met any one that sick minded. R.I. P. Brothers.

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    raymondprince

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    The dog took 8 rounds and did succumb to his injures. Good job to all the officers involved especially the wildlife officer.

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    Mystro

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    It is sad to see that these two officers were killed but we are lookn at people desparate to get money any how they can also I think the officer could have done a better job in secureing his scene all of then would have been out of car and behide my cruzer away from there guns ak is hard to hide. Second officer could have been with other guy in car...always keep your guard up i cautch myself betn confortable with people but cautch it and back to i wanna go home tonite in one peice and not hurt....

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    multimike

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    its too bad they can't kill the rest of the scum bag white trash kane family so that they don't inbreed anymore
    the dumbing down off this country contiues--re-instate the death penalty for ALL cop killers!!! make it a pay per view event so that everyone will learn a lesson--THE DEATH PENALTY ON LIVE TV!!!!
    RIP Brothers

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    multimike

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    it is too bad they can not kill the rest of the scumbag white trash kane family before they inbreed anymore

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    Tcop77

    about 4 years ago

    48 Comments

    Brave officers in the second video. Officer in the pickup deserves much praise for his incredible bravery.

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    BlueSmurf

    about 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    What is so wrong with the world that so many young adults have to throw their lives away and the lives of others due to drugs? This is something that eats away at my heart and soul everyday.

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    FireHouseRock

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    The dog escaped (watch the entire second video). He knew he had to get the hell out of there. The humans, on the other hand, stayed to fight. When even animals run from a fight you know how rough it really is. Sad, tragic, nasty, horrific and unexpected ambush on the officers at the traffic stop. Extreme heroism from the officers involved in the second shoot out. No words can even come close to describing what this experience was like for those involved. Prayers go out to them all.

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    BlueSmurf

    about 4 years ago

    34 Comments

    My heart goes out to both families. These two men deserve the death penalty. To kill two cops, they probably have killed before this. They need the harshest punishment! I will be praying for the families and the force.

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    josephjosh

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    attention to all officers, please!!! always prepare and be aware when you stop any kind of car or vehicle that you are going to check! you did not know who's inside and what kind of people are they! they have an evil mind! they will do everything and risk their life. so please!! be careful.. condolences to the family of two officer's and may rest and peace in JESUS name..

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    taino911

    about 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    GOD BLESS ALL MY POLICE FRIENDS

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    malevolent73

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    My condolences to the families of our fallen brothers. May they rest in peace... as for the dirt bags GOOD F'em!

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    trueblue12

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    No such thing as a routine traffic stop!!! All Officers please learn from this incident. May God bless and comfort the families of the slain officers.

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