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WEST MEMPHIS, AR -

By CHUCK BARTELS
Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A panicked driver who'd just witnessed two Arkansas officers shot during a traffic stop struggled as he described the gruesome scene to a 911 dispatcher, saying he was looking at a dead officer, according to tapes of the anguished calls released Friday.

"Oh my God! Oh (expletive)! Oh my God, please! Hello?" Vincent Brown said as he got out of his truck at an Interstate 40 exit where authorities believe the West Memphis officers were ambushed by an anti-government activist and his teenage son, who was armed with an AK-47.

The FedEx delivery truck driver's words became muffled before the dispatcher asked what he saw.

"His brains. He's dead, his brains is on..." Brown answered.

"This is an officer?" the dispatcher asked, and Brown replied: "Yes, yes."

Officers Brandon Paudert, 39, and Bill Evans, 38, were attacked after pulling over a white minivan around 11:30 a.m. on May 20 along the busy interstate in northeast Arkansas near Memphis, Tenn. The officers were trying to arrest Jerry Kane, who was traveling with his 16-year-old son, Joseph.

Brown said Jerry Kane pushed Evans down toward a ditch, where prosecutors believe Joseph Kane shot Evans before turning and shooting Paudert in the head.

Brown gave a detailed description of the van, including its license plate number, which helped law enforcement track down the vehicle within 90 minutes. Father and son were killed nearby during a shootout that injured two other officers in a crowded Walmart parking lot.
 
Jerry Kane, 45, of Forest, Ohio, traveled the country with his giving paid seminars in which he instructed people on how they supposedly could avoid paying their debts. Kane had declared himself "sovereign," which he claimed made him immune from U.S. laws. He didn't carry a driver's license, and said in a seminar posted online that he was willing to kill police officers.
 
He had been released from jail a month earlier in New Mexico, after being held on traffic violations.

Prosecutors said Friday that they released 911 call, along with recordings of other callers who reported officers being shot and seeing the van, to confirm what happened during the incident because misinformation is circulating on the Internet.

Video from Evan's patrol vehicle "closely matched the account of Vincent Brown," according to a state special agent's summary of the investigator, and brief footage caught by Paudert's camera showed Jerry Kane standing with Evans.

"The officers were victims," Prosecutor Mike Walden said Friday. He ruled previously that police were justified in shooting the Kanes.

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