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Police Officer Thomas William West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

Police Officer

Thomas William "Bill" Evans

West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 236

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/20/2010

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Bill Evans and Sergeant Brandon Paudert were shot and killed during a vehicle stop of two family members who were members of the Sovereign Citizens extremist group.

Officer Evans was on patrol on Interstate-40 when, at 1136 hours, he pulled over a vehicle, occupied by two men, for a violation. Sergeant Paudert arrived shortly after to provide back-up on the stop. During the stop, the officers had the vehicle occupants exit the vehicle. A struggle with one suspect ensued, followed by an exchange of gunfire. Both suspects were armed with AK-47's. Officer Evans and Sergeant Paudert were both killed in an exchange of gunfire with the suspects.

The suspects fled, and were later located at a nearby store. One suspect was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a State Wildlife officer. The second suspect was shot and killed in a shootout with members of the West Memphis Police Department, the Arkansas State Police and the Crittenden County Sheriff's Office. The County Sheriff and the Chief of Patrol were seriously wounded in that exchange.

Officer Evans was a nine year veteran of the department and was a member of the Drug Interdiction Unit. He is survived by his two children.

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WE CALLED HIM "BILL BOY" AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE A BEACON OF LIGHT ON THE DARKEST NIGHT. MY HUSBAND WAS HIS UNCLE AND HE THOUGHT HIS UNCLE BUD HUNG THE MOON. GONE; BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU; BILL BOY. REST IN PEACE; FOR YOU REPRESENTED PEACE FOR MANY. YOU ARE NOW AN ANGEL; SO GUIDE US WELL IN OUR LIVES.WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU.YOUR LOVING AUNT CAROLYN AND UNCLE BUD BELFORD

WALTER & CAROLYN BELFORD
AUNT AND UNCLE OF BILL EVANS
March 9, 2014

 

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