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Paudert to retire as West Memphis police chief

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(WMC-TV) - While friends and family laid Memphis police officer Tim Warren to rest Friday, a man who also knows the pain of losing a loved one in the line of duty said he was stepping down from his post.

After more than a decade on the job, West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert told Action News 5 today that he plans on retiring later this year.

His son Sgt. Brandon Paudert and Officer Bill Evans, both members of the West Memphis Police Department, were gunned down by a father and his teenage son in May 2010. The gunmen were members of the sovereign citizen movement.

After that tragedy, Bob Paudert used his spare time to travel the country and teach other law enforcement officers about the dangers sovereign citizens present.

Now, that's going to be his full-time job.

Paudert's agreed to work with the Department of Justice in Washington and offer instruction on a group the government has called "domestic terrorists."

He announced his retirement Thursday in a private meeting with his department. His last day as West Memphis police chief will be Sept. 1.

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