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. â€” 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.
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.