JONESBORO, AR (WMC-TV) - A prosecutor has found no indications of wrongdoing by police in West Memphis who shot and killed a father and son who were sought for the shooting deaths of two police officers.
Prosecutor Mike Walden said Jerry and Joseph Kane would have faced capital murder charges had they not been killed in a shootout with police in the parking lot of a West Memphis Walmart in May.
"It has not been a difficult call for this office to say that this was a justified shooting," prosecuting attorney Mike Walden said.
The prosecutor released his report on the shootings Wednesday.
West Memphis police officers Bill Evans and Brandon Paudert, the police chief's son, were killed May 20 along Interstate 40 after Evans pulled over a minivan driven by 45-year-old Jerry Kane, of Forest, Ohio, who was traveling with his son Joseph.
A dashcam video from a police SUV, also released Wednesday, shows Joseph Kane opening fire with an AK-47 before taking off in a van with his father.
The videos are linked below, in sequential order:
The video taken from Officer Bill Evans' police SUV dashboard begins with what appears to be a standard traffic stop. The video had no audio but shows Jerry Kane stepping outside his minivan at Evans' request, then pointing emphatically at his Ohio license plate.
Moments later, Joseph comes out of the passenger side of the van, firing an AK-47. He fires for less than a minute, then gets back in the van with his father.
In other videos released Wednesday, first responders can be seen arriving at the shooting scene moments after the officers were killed.
Approximately 90 minutes later, video taken from dashboard and surveillance camera show the sequence of events where the Kanes became involved the a shootout in the parking lot of the West Memphis Walmart.