They could all end like this

On May 20, 2010, West Memphis Police Officers Bill Evans and Brandon Paudert were killed by Jerry Kane and his 16 year old son, Joseph. You can read the article, written by PoliceOne’s Senior Editor, Doug Wyllie, below.

JONESBORO, Ark. — Two pieces of raw video surfaced late Wednesday, June 30, showing cop killers Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son, Joseph Kane, murdering West Memphis Police Officers Bill Evans and Brandon Paudert along Interstate 40 on May 20th. Evans had pulled over a minivan driven by 45-year-old Kane, who during the traffic stop is seen leaving his minivan at Evans’ request.

One video, taken from Officer Evans’ vehicle, shows that initial part of the stop, as well as a view from Paudert’s vehicle as he arrives on the scene and swings in behind Evans’ SUV. Then, the teenager is seen exiting the passenger side of the van and opening fire with an AK-47. Minutes later, the video shows both suspects returning to the van and taking off.

A second video, taken from dashboard and surveillance cameras mounted above the parking lot of the West Memphis Walmart, shows the gun battle that took place approximately 90 minutes later, when police found the suspects in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

“Prosecutor Mike Walden says Jerry and Joseph Kane would have faced capital murder charges had they not been killed in a shootout with police in the parking lot of a West Memphis Walmart in May,” reported Chuck Bartels of the Associated Press.

WMCTV News reported that Wakden further said, “It has not been a difficult call for this office to say that this was a justified shooting.”

The video below is raw footage from the patrol car’s dash mounted camera. It is lengthy, but at around the 11:00 minute mark, you can see what appears to be Jerry’s hands on the hood of the car. One of the officers is standing directly in the camera’s line of sight and you see him react to something Jerry did off camera. Soon thereafter, Joseph gets out of the stopped minivan with an AK-47. There is nothing graphic on the video and there is no sound. The killing takes place off camera. Eventually, the killers get back in the car and drive away.
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Why did I spotlight this video? There are so many reasons. Primary amongst them, though, is the simple fact that I want those of you who aren’t cops to have a better understanding of what possibilities we face every day and on every stop. Would you suspect a 16 year old kid to get out of his dad’s minivan and open fire on you? Of course not. Fatal mistake.
In this day and age of budget shortfalls, police layoffs, fire stations closing, and people bitching about public safety retirements, I can only say you don’t run the risk of this happening to you in your sterile 9 to 5 job. So, yeah, we deserve every fucking penny we make (and then some). If we’re lucky enough to make it to retirement at all, that is. I don’t want to politicize this tragedy, but it does serve as a reminder that we live dangerous lives and do the dangerous shit that the rest of you either are too afraid to do or have no desire to do. I don’t care if you work in the inner city, in a small town, or out in cow country. Crazy, dangerous people live all over the world and we could stop them at any time for a variety of reasons.
The last video below shows the two murderers in a Wal-Mart parking lot. They were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Ultimately, this saved taxpayers all kinds of time and money. Sadly, it is a foregone conclusion that the surviving Kane family will more than likely sue. They will more than likely get paid. Know why? It’s cheaper to settle than fight. Still, neither murdering piece of shit Kane will have the opportunity to do something like this again.

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12 thoughts on “They could all end like this

  1. I don't know how big the Jonesboro PD is; but, there at the end of the second video, it looks like the entire squad is surrounding the vehicle. Any word on whether the dog that jumped out the minivan was injured in the shootout or ramming? That's the only critter in that vehicle that has any sympathy from me.

    Also, speaking as a claims adjuster, I have handled cases involving police shootings before. The only time there is consideration of a settlement is when there is any question about the justification of the shooting. When it is as clear cut and justified as this one appears to be, claims people don't have much trouble taking a case like that to trial.

  2. Man, this makes me feel so glad that I live in the UK. People may moan that we have some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the world – but they work don't they? The Cumbrian shootings were the first mass murders in 14 years (excluding terrorism) and one of only three mass shootings in modern British history.

  3. "They were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Ultimately, this saved taxpayers all kinds of time and money."

    I'm a-okay with that. I'm also okay with skipping the normal appeals/infinite delay process that is usually involved with someone on death row, when there can really be no question about what happened.

    I hope the city fights the inevitable lawsuit on principle. I really do.

  4. People may moan that we have some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the world – but they work don't they?

    Let me know where we can get some law-abiding criminals from. 'Round here that is self-contradicting. Or do you really think it's legal for a 16-year-old to own an AK-47?

    I've said before I think the state of Texas should give a fat bonus to police officers who take out bad guys. Think of all the money they save the state! I know it'd never happen, politically speaking.

  5. Well, just because the 16 year old used it doesn't mean he owned it. It was probably in his father's name and it's perfectly legal to own an AK-47, just as it's legal to own an AR-15 and many other "assault" rifles as long as you comply with the restrictions. The illegal part came about when he shot the police officers with it.

    I own guns (including an AK-47) so I am not arguing for gun restriction. However, guns such as AK-47s are much easier to obtain in this country than some others. If they were harder to obtain, then there's a chance that the kid wouldn't have had access to a rifle with a 30 round magazine that could easily punch through a kevlar vest. The poor officers in this situation were caught off guard, were under armed (compared to their attacker), and their body armor was useless. If the kid had only had access to a 5 round, bolt action hunting rifle then the original traffic stop may have ended differently.

    All that to say, I wouldn't so readily dismiss Mark's point. When people "snap" in this country, they have easy access to tools that allow them to do a shitload of damage.

  6. Ok, I'm confused. Why would the killer's family have grounds to sue? They murdered two officers in cold blood and were killed while resisting arrest. What am I missing?

  7. I wish, MC, that this post could reach the people that need to hear it the most.

    Stay safe, my friend. Remain vigilant and go home at the end of every shift.

  8. Justice was served albeit at a great price…the loss of LEO. The scumbags I could care less about. Shoulda dragged their bodies thru the street and lit them on fire in the town square, in my opinion.

  9. Goddess…call it my cynicism in action. We live in such a litigious society I'm sure someone somewhere will blame the cops for something and try to get paid.

    Did you know I've seen inmate's families sue over in-custody deaths because their dumbass relative died of a drug overdose while in jail. Did I mention it was the dumbass that swallowed said drugs?

    Yeah…they got paid. 'Cuz it's cheaper. Now, if that ain't some bullshit…

  10. Every LEO needs to think long and hard about this. Every stop you make could end up with this kind of carnage- every one. Make every stop count. Do it by the book.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to dump a relatively minor misdo traffic case because of a horribly inadequate report. It frustrates me to no end, because I know that the officers literally risked their lives to make that cite, yet they couldn't be bothered to document it correctly. That defendant could have killed that officer, yet the officer failed to write it up competently.

    If you are going to put your life on the line, and you are going to put your family's future at risk, at least do the damn paperwork. If you want risk without paperwork, enlist in the Marines. If you want to put bad guys in jail, do a decent write-up.

  11. MC I have just read your post and reluctantly watched the video. It is horrific. It's not right that someone’s working day can turn in to a fight of life and death. I really feel for those men and their families. We become so comfortable in our lives that it is too easy to become complacent. We forget the debt we owe to the cop that goes out each day to help keep us safe. I don't know what benefits you get over there but what ever it is it is not enough. No one should be complaining as we should all be too grateful that you, and men and women like you, are there.
    Keep safe and thank you.

    (As a footnote I hope the Kane family rot in Hell)

  12. I couldn't click and watch MC.Just couldn't. And MarkL. Spare me the "I live in the U.K. bullshit". Clean up your own yard before coming here to whine about our freedoms.
    Happy Independence Day by the way.

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