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Sergeant Robert Brandon Paudert | West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

Sergeant

Robert Brandon Paudert

West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 224

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/20/2010

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Brandon Paudert and Police Officer Bill Evans were shot and killed during a vehicle stop 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.

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.

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Brandon you and Bill are missed daily, please keep your arms wrapped around everyone down here. We love and miss you guys ! It is hard to believe it has already been three years. RIP

Jamie Gore
May 23, 2013

 

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