West Memphis, AR shooting update: FBI Little Rock, AR gathering evidence. Reason for the road stop isn’t known.
Friday, 21 May 2010
UPDATE (0927 hours EDT): Just spoke with Josh, a photographer at WREG News Channel 3 out of Memphis. Josh tells me Associated Press reports (among others) regarding AK-47s were premature and incorrect.
The two suspects were in possession of a shotgun and pistol.
WREG reporter Scott Noll is traveling en-route to New Vienna, Ohio this morning. Noll intends to report more about the two unidentified men shot dead yesterday afternoon in West Memphis, Arkansas.
“Two men armed with AK-47s ambushed and killed two officers who had stopped them on an Arkansas interstate [40 west]…
“The events started when Evans stopped a minivan with Ohio plates, with Paudert arriving moments later as backup, Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen said. Two men got out of the van with the assault rifles and opened fire on the officers, Shelton said.
“Authorities declined to say why Evans stopped the minivan or what was found inside.
“Traffic stopped as authorities searched vehicles on I-40 looking for the suspects, who were spotted about 90 minutes later in the parking lot of a nearby Walmart, officials said.
“Dozens of officers swarmed the vehicle after a wildlife officer rammed the minivan with his car, and both suspects were shot and killed, authorities said.
“The two suspects haven’t been identified. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Adler declined to say whether investigators knew anything about the men, but said authorities don’t believe others were involved in the shooting.”
JAG HUNTER here:
Colonel Brian Prickett, chief deputy with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was quoted below last night in the Wilmington, Ohio News Journal saying:
“The van was registered to the white supremacy church in New Vienna,” Prickett said. “That church has not been open for a long time.”
Contact Reporter Scott Noll Memphis, TN News Channel 3: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’re not getting into any supposition at this time of what, who may have associated with or what,” said Bill Sadler, spokesman for the State Police. “There are a lot of unanswered questions tonight.”
That includes who were the men shot and killed by police?
Investigators have refused to name them, say where they’re from or even give their race or nationality.
The big question tonight, was the pair connected to any other groups or larger plot?
“It’s way too early to discuss that idea or that lead until we can find out, we’ve got to find out who these people are first,” said Sadler.