Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 236
Weapon: Rifle; AK-47
Offender: Shot and killed
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 I-40 when, at 11:36 am, 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.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Sergeant Robert Brandon Paudert
Deputy Sheriff Brandon Joseph Nielsen
Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Michael Triche