2 Ark. police killed during traffic stop on I-40

2 Ark. police killed during traffic stop on I-40
# 21 May 2010 00:32 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Two Arkansas police officers were fatally shot Thursday during a traffic stop, and a short time later, the suspects were killed in a separate shootout with the local sheriff and a deputy, authorities said, APA reports quoting The Association Press.
The sheriff and chief deputy were wounded in the shootout and were taken to a hospital, authorities said.
The two West Memphis police officers were killed after pulling over a white van on Interstate 40 Thursday afternoon, authorities said. It was not immediately clear why they pulled over the van that had Ohio license plates and what led to the police being shot.
The suspects fled the scene, and were later stopped at a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot. They then got into a shootout with the Crittenden County sheriff and his deputy, and the suspects were fatally shot, authorities said.
One witness described the scene on Interstate 40 as "chaos." Stacy Gilchrist said she saw a police officer lying in the road when she pulled up.
"It was a disaster, cars were just going everywhere," Gilchrist told Memphis television station WMC.
Sheriff Richard Busby, who was shot in the arm, and Deputy W.A. Wren, who was shot in the abdomen, were taken to a local hospital, Memphis, Tenn., Safety Director Larry Godwin said. Busby’s condition was not immediately known while Wren was in critical condition, a spokesman at the Regional Medical Center said.
The two West Memphis police officers killed were Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans. Paudert is the son of West Memphis police chief Bob Paudert and was assigned to the police department’s drug unit, Bob Paudert said.