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West Memphis Police Shooting Suspects Identified

Arkansas State Police have identified the two suspects killed in a shootout with police as an anti-government Ohio man and his son.
Jerry Kane, 45
Jerry Kane, 45
Police photo of Jerry Kane. Kane was arrested in New Mexico for driving without a license.
Police photo of Jerry Kane. Kane was arrested in New Mexico for driving without a license.
Van driven by shooting suspects with Ohio license plate
Van driven by shooting suspects with Ohio license plate

UPDATE @ 7:10PM: WEST MEMPHIS, AR (AP)--Arkansas State Police have identified the two suspects killed in a shootout with police as an anti-government Ohio man and his son.

Police on Friday identified the pair as 45-year-old Jerry R. Kane Jr., of Forest, Ohio, and his son, Joseph T. Kane, believed to be 16. They were killed in a shootout in the parking lot of a Walmart store on Thursday. Authorities say they had killed two officers with assault rifles after being pulled over in a white minivan on Interstate 40 in West Memphis, Ark.

Kane had a long history with police and recently complained about being busted at a "Nazi checkpoint" on I-40 in New Mexico. Court records show he was charged with driving without a license and concealing his identity.

WEST MEMPHIS, AR — Armed with AK-47s, two men whose minivan had been stopped by police officers on a busy Arkansas interstate jumped out and started firing, authorities say.

The officers, who were assigned to a drug unit, were killed. Investigators believe the two men then sped away in the van, only to be found a short time later at a nearby Walmart parking lot, where they were killed in a shootout with police, authorities say.

Police have revealed no information about the two men, including their names, and said they were still trying to figure out what the pair was doing in the area when their minivan was pulled over Thursday.

However, friends and family of the two suspects tell Eyewitness News that the two men were 45-year-old Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son, Joe Kane. They say the two men were headed back home to Clearwater, Florida. According to a website created for the two suspects, Jerry and Joe traveled the country conducting seminars on debt management.

Jerry Kane's debt seminar website shows comments eulogizing him and his son. One posting mentions a recent traffic traffic stop involving Jerry Kane in New Mexico where he was cited for not having a driver's license.  There are also videos on YouTube that show Jerry Kane conducting foreclosure seminars with radical comments involving consumer debt and the role of the U.S. government.

Authorities say the two men armed with Russian-made assault rifles ambushed and killed Sgt. Brandon Paudert, 39, and Bill Evans, 38, after the officers stopped their minivan on Interstate 40 in east Arkansas. The local sheriff and a deputy were shot and injured in the subsequent shootout, authorities said.

"In what was probably only a few minutes, Officer Evans was shoved to the ground and the men in the minivan started shooting at both officers," Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen said.

Although the officers were assigned to a drug unit, it wasn't known Friday whether it was a drug-related stop.

"The only people who know what happened in the original traffic stop are dead," Sadler said.

After authorities spotted the minivan with Ohio plates in the parking lot of a nearby Walmart, a wildlife officer rammed the van with his car. Dozens of officers swarmed the vehicle and both suspects were shot and killed, authorities said.

During that shootout, Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby was shot in the arm and his chief deputy, W.A. Wren, was shot in the abdomen, authorities said. Both were in serious condition Friday, a spokeswoman at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis said.

Sadler said authorities don't believe others were involved in the shooting of Evans and Paudert.


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