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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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    FamilyofLEO

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Never take a traffic stop for granted

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    almost 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    hookdeal: Do yourself a favor and shut ur face. Your comments are not needed or wanted. Obviously, you don't believe the footage is real. I promise you that the LEO's lost that day, were. If ignorance is bliss, you must be on cloud nine. You suck! Find yourself another site to troll patrol douchebag!

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    BearKlaw

    almost 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    You see the dog flee the vehicle very soon after it is rammed by the pickup truck.

    Good job by the officers in the Wal*Mart Parking lot. May the murdered officers rest in peace. This is truly bone chilling!!!!

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    babuelo

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    God bless all of those who stand between chaos and civility. These are the risks faced everyday for those of us that choose to bare the burden of wearing a badge. My heart and prayers go out for two more of my fallen brothers.

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    Castmin

    almost 4 years ago

    88 Comments

    Not sure what the dog has to do with it, but on the second vid you can see it jump out the driver's side rear window shortly after the truck reverses.

    RIP Evans and Paudert

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    Braindart

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Yet another reason why the death penalty needs to be expanded, not contested. AWESOME job by the Officer in the pick-up truck! Those bastards got what they deserved! RIP Brothers

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    PGPD2410

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    You can never anticipate the actions of a truly intent individual bent on causing harm. That kid was going to kill from the begining. He knew it, the fat piece of crap poor substitute for a father knew it, the only ones who did'nt were murdered. I hope the last few moments of their miserable lives were spent in torment like traped rats. They deserved what they got. I hope the fat one was divorced and the skinny one was an only child, we do not need that family reproducing any more.

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    zjd

    almost 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    I believe I see a dog in the van in video #1. Fluffy tail wagging, muzzle appears repeatedly at far right of vehicle enclosure. Was this dog still in the van during the Wal-Mart shootout? I do not see "dog shot to death" listed in the evidence inventoried in the story. The report DOES manage to include "screens" and the title featured on some homemade CD's though (who cares). The dog, alive, dead, or missing, is a part of the story, but he's not... even... mentioned. Who benefits from this omission? No one with a conscience.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    This looks like it was planned, it seems like father and son spoke to each other about tactics. Maybe he was going over tactics while drinking the soda. Never let both parties converse while doing a traffic stop.The father used a diversion so the kid could come out of the vehicle with the AK. We must stay vigilant train train train.

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    TGOOS566

    almost 4 years ago

    218 Comments

    GOD KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO REEP JUSTICE FOR THOSE TO SLAIN POLICE OFFICERS, I PERSONALLY AM SAD THAT THE KANE'S DID NOT SEE THIER TIME IN COURT, BUT THEY DID GET WHAT THEY DESERVED, I WISH TO SEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO CHEIF PAUDERT AND HIS FAMILY AS WELL TO THE WEST MEMPHIS POLICE DEPT.

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    jimbok

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    This is why I firmly endorse and demand that all Law Enforcement agencies in America, no mater the size of the department, equip all patrol vehicles with an M-16 & a shotgun. With at least a 100 rounds for each weapon in the trunk. And always wear your vest. And if your in a high risk city, get a balistic plate. Do not B complacent. Complacency is one of the 12 fatal errors that get officers killed.

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    maverick115

    almost 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    THis was a sad day for West menphis, but a great job getting these scum bags! No court could ever punish these dirt bags enough! RIP and God Bless the officers famlies.

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    caleigh1989

    almost 4 years ago

    184 Comments

    Oh my God, this is the first time i got teary eyed at a story. ive never seen an actual video of something like this. This is so sad,and my heart and prayers are with the families of this tragedy.

    To the other officers involved, great job on your justified act!!! God bless you all and please be safe out there in his crazy world!!!

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    redwolf

    almost 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    My heart goes out to the fallen officers and their families, may they find peace. With respect to the suspects, what family values...at least that end of the gene pool got drained.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    We can all learn from this. The backup officer should always cover off on the occupants of the car. Hell, call more units if it takes it for you to accomplish the objective. The Kanes looked to have had a plan from the beginning. As soon as Jerry Kane sees the passenger door open slighty he pushes Ofc. Evans to cause a diversion, causing Sgt. Paudert to focus completely on them. The officers were just sitting ducks for Joe Kane and his AK47. I hope the Kanes are burning in hell.

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