Videos of West Memphis cop killings surface

Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son murdered West Memphis Police Officers Bill Evans and Brandon Paudert, and are themselves killed in gunfight 90 minutes later

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.

This father-and-son duo had associated themselves with a growing movement which has become known as the Sovereign Citizens.

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."



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