Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 224
Weapon: Rifle; AK-47
Offender: Shot and killed
Sergeant Brandon Paudert and Police Officer Bill Evans were shot and killed during a vehicle stop by suspects 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's 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.
Sergeant Paudert was a seven year veteran of the department and a member of the Drug Interdiction Unit. He is the son of the West Memphis Chief of Police and is survived by his wife and three children.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer Thomas William Evans
Deputy Sheriff Brandon Joseph Nielsen
Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Michael Triche