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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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  • Wings_max50


    about 4 years ago


    A grim reminder that no stop is "routine". Rest in Peace, brothers.

  • Puppy_dog_s_006_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Oh my this is just aweful and heartbreaking.. It really makes you wonder what was going through this boys mind to do such and act of violence and hate. My heart aches for all these families and loved one. such a tragic thing to happen. God Bless those who lost their loved one/s
    PEOPLE their is more to life then drugs! If you don't want to get caight by the cops then just DON'T do it!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    This pisses me off somthin awful!!! As a peace officer U never turn your back to a individual EVER..It irratates me to know that the outcome would had been different if I was there!!!!!! Why didnt anyone secure the passenger?? Be that as it may, God Bless there families, and may they both rest in peace, I will pray for their families!!!

  • 035__2__max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is a reminder that we as military and law enforcement officer are not supermen and superwomen. Our kryptonite can be anything put in front of us. My prayers go out for all the surviving family members for the Paudert, Evans, and Kane families. May God ease your pain and morning. Amen,

  • Dodge_charger_police_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wow, very disturbing footage. My thoughts go out to the families of the fallen officers. I'm glad that the suspects were taken care of.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    my heart goes out to theyre families and theyre brothers on the streets.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I hate seeing this this is horrible.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    No media coverage on this in my area SC. Its sad they dont care when an officer is hurt, but if he defends him self they are on him like no tomorrow. I hope this shows that LEO's need to be able to use their force a little more liberally, and have control over situations like this. I feel bad for both of these guys and their families. May god help them and be with them in this time.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    This is just to sad.I'm sorry for the family's of The Officers and the Officers.This never makes any since to me.RIP Officers I am so sorry just for a split second You had to lose Your Lives and Your Family's will never be the same.As for the POS,who care shat happened to them,NOT ME!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Another wretched example of why no traffic stop is 'routine' and why police officers deserve the very best pro-active protection available. I would not hesitate to help a police officer in trouble if I were able in any way and as for those who are anything less than grieved, consoling, and appreciative for their sacrifices, go find another site upon which to post.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Brave men doing what they do best. RIP...........

  • Dnc_shirt_max50


    about 4 years ago


    RIP law enforcement brothers!

  • Img_1425_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Horrendous. Families, I will pray for the fallen and you. So sorry about the loss.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    MPD Stay Encouraged....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    what goes through peoples minds- seriously! do they really think they can get away with something like killing an officer? i wish there was audio to hear the reasons for being pulled over and the idiots responses to the officer before he pushed him. May the two officers rest in peace in a better place- we will see you both soon. God bless.

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