Jerry Kane, son Joseph identified as suspects in West Memphis shooting

    6:14 PM, May 21, 2010   |    comments
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    The Arkansas State Crime Labratory has identified the two dead suspects as Jerry Kane Jr., 45, and his son Joseph, 16 from Ohio. They were on their way to Florida.

    Tuesday's events however still sinking in with the West Memphis community.

    "It was sad to see officers killed in the line of duty trying to protect and serve the fact that they had no reason. It was really pointless and wound two others," says West Memphis resident Tevin East.

    Flags being flown at half-staff throughout the city.

    "Everybody was pretty much in shock yesterday and i just feel like it's crazy," says Jasmine Ingram of West Memphis.

    Many state and local officials remain tight-lipped about the investigation leaving many questions hanging in the balance.

    Questions like why these two opened fire on the officers and the link between them and the House of God's Prayer of Ohio, which owns the van they were driving.

    According to reports, the two officers initiated the stop while running drug interdiction along I-40. Moments later the two suspects jumped out of their van armed with AK-47s and opened fire, killing Officer Bill Evans and Sgt. Brandon Paudert before they themselves were fatally shot in a nearby Walmart parking lot, wounding two more officers.

    "They had no regard for life and it was just wrong," says East.

    According to Bill Sadler with the Arkansas State Police, the FBI is assisting with the investigation.

    The two have several videos on YouTube of their various speaking engagements.

    Visitation services have been announced. There will be a joint visitation for Sgt. Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans Sunday, May 23 at Lehr Arena at 501 W. Broadway in West Memphis from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Monday, a funeral service for Sgt. Pauder will be held at Lehr Arena Monday at 10 a.m., and at the same day and location at 2 p.m. for Officer Evans.

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