The scenario began when Officer Bill Evans pulled over a white van with Ohio plates late yesterday morning. Officer Brandon Paudert arrived shortly thereafter to provide backup. What happened next is somewhat unclear, but West Memphis Police Inspector said yesterday that the suspects got out of the van and began firing on the officers, leaving them both at the scene and spurring a massive police manhunt for the van.
An hour and half later, the van was spotted in the Wal-Mart parking. Officers surrounded the vehicle and a shoot-out ensued. During the melee, two more officers -- Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and a deputy, W. A. Wren -- were shot and wounded. One spokesperson said the suspects had assault rifles. Another indicated they had a "long rifle and a pistol."
WMC Channel 5 has video of the shootout on its website. The Flyer will monitor this story for more developments.
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Remember that time when you were nine and you got busted for stealing beer from the Piggly Wiggly? Or the time you ended up in juvie for beating up another kid on the playground? If this sounds like your checkered youth, the Victorian Village Community Development Corporation wants you to tell your story for an upcoming documentary on the history of the Shelby County Juvenile Court.
Applicants must be reformed adults whose lives were changed by their experience with the local juvenile court. The documentary will combine real-life stories with a history of the juvenile correction system through the Women’s Movement, the Progressive Movement, the Crump Era, and desegregation.
The documentary will premiere at the juvenile court’s 100th anniversary celebration this fall. People with a story to tell should send an e-mail with a brief description of their experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.