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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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"In order to honor the fallen, we must live." On this day, 4 years ago , Officer Evans and Paudert were shot and killed on duty. It was a very tragic day for the whole town, but also my family knowing that could''ve been my dad. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about y'all. Thank you for protecting the city of West Memphis along with the rest of the officers. We love you.

Taylor Gore
Daughter of partner (Jeremy Gore)
May 20, 2014

 

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