Jerry Kane, Joe Kane Identified as Men Who Shot Memphis Police
Jerry Kane and His Son Joe Kane Have Been Identified as the Men Who Shot and Killed West Memphis Police Officers Bill Evans and Braudon Paudert on May 20
Officer Bill Evans and Braudon Paudert, the son of the Police Chief Bob Paudert were killed on May 20 when they made a traffic stop near I-40 and Airport Road. The two suspects fled the scene and died later in a shootout with police in a parking lot of a Walmart in West Memphis.
The two men also shot Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby chief deputy, W.A. Wren who are both in serious condition in hospital.
The two suspects have now been identified as 45-year-old Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joe Kane.
Officers Bill Evans and Braudon Paudert were running 'drug interdiction' on Thursday afternoon when they pulled over the Kanes driving a white van with Ohio license plates. The van has been traced back to a 'now defunct church' with alleged white-supremacist ties according to WBNS-10TV.
This is not the first time that Jerry Kane has had an interaction with police. In 2004 he was sentenced in Ohio to community service for traffic violations.
Clark County Sheriff Gene A. Kelly said he warned his deputies six years ago that Jerry Kane was violent.
"I had my first confrontation with him when he tried to come to a foreclosure sale and write me a check on a piece of paper indicating that he was a free man and he only believed in silver and gold and that he didn't believe in banks," Kelly said.
Mr. Kelly went on to describe the incident:
"He believed that would enslave him and he was demanding $100,000 in silver and gold," Kelly said. "This man has been having confrontations with authorities for years. And finally, the ultimate result is, law enforcement officers paid the ultimate price for that."
Jerry and Joe Kane Website
A website has been set up complete with pictures of the father and son to help raise funds to bring the bodies back to Florida for burial. The site describes them as being loving and compassionate people and making tireless contributions to help those in need.
It states that Jerry Kane was married just three months ago to a woman named Donna Lee, and expresses sadness for the families of Officers Bill Evans and Braudon Paudert.
In a post by a woman named Angela on the website, she says that she has been a longtime friend of Jerry Kane and praised his son Joe for being like his father by possessing a quick wit and a brilliant mind. She says Joe was a well-rounded young man with a bright future ahead of him.
Jerry and Joe were cleancut and admired by everyone that made their aquaintance, not only for their knowledge and understanding of the foreclosure scam, but for their moral etchics and integrity.
Together they educated the people about the Mortgage Fraud and how to fight to keep their homes.
She says that this is a terrible tragedy for all involved.
The exact details of what did happen have not been released at this time, but according to a report from the Associated Press, when Officer Bill Evans pulled over the van two men got out with AK-46s and just started shooting but an explanation as to why is not given. It is going to be difficult to determine the exact chain of events because everyone involved in the stop is now dead.