Man recalls a different side of suspects in West Memphis shootout

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Hundreds of people knew Jerry and Joe Kane, who killed two West Memphis Police officers and injured two more in a shootout in which they also lost their lives, as the father and son who held seminars on foreclosures.

Jim Jenkins of Seattle said he spent two days with Kane at one of his seminars.  He ate lunch with him and his wife and talked with him on the phone several times.

"I was so impressed.  I decided to sponsor him in Seattle next month and was planning on a very good turn out for the event," Jenkins said.  "I just can't say enough good things about him."

Jenkins said the Kane in the shootout is not the Kane he knew.

"I am dumbfounded," Jenkins said.  "It doesn't make sense.  Nothing adds up.  This is not the Jerry Kane I know and certainly not his son.  I can't imagine he would be involved in anything like this."

Jenkins said Kane traveled with his two dogs and made sure to stay at hotels that allowed pets.  He also said Kane traveled with an AK-47 assault rifle.

"He and his son often stopped at target ranges and did some shooting," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said Kane recently remarried after his first wife died.  Kane carried her ashes with him when he traveled.

"There has to be some other explanation that would make sense," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said Kane may have snapped, but he does not know why.

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