Police Officer Thomas William Evans

Police Officer Thomas William Evans

West Memphis Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thomas William Evans

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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 236

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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We will never forget your service to Arkansans. You, your family and fellow officers are always in our prayers. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

May 20, 2017

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