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Two police officers were fatally shot and another two were wounded Thursday in two separate shootings allegedly by the same suspects in West Memphis, AR. I was watching one of the judge shows when the text started scrolling at the bottom of the screen. Then channel 5 did the breaking news, showing the interstates closed. Then the footage of the van in the Walmart parking lot was broadcased.

RAW VIDEO: Chopper 5 over the shootout

It’s rare that something like this happens in W. Memphis and broadcased live. West Memphis patrolman Bill Evans made a traffic stop on a white minivan traveling eastbound on I-40 at Airport Road, Sgt. Brandon Paudert arrived on the scene as backup. Officer Evans was tackled to the ground by one of the suspects as they started shooting at both officers. Sgt. Brandon Paudert, 39, the son of West Memphis’ police chief, died at the scene and Officer Bill Evans, 38, died at a hospital. The suspects then fled, driving east in the minivan, leaving one man dead and the other fatally wounded. Within minutes, officers from other agencies including the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission began to converge on the area, looking for the suspects. About 90 minutes later, a tip came from a person listening to a scanner apt on a iphone, that a minivan believed to be the one that had been seen leaving the shooting site was spotted in a parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart. The minivan was approached by Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and Chief Enforcement Officer W.A. Wren. Both men were wounded in a gunbattle initiated by the suspects, who were using a long rifle and a handgun. The gunbattle ended after a wildlife officer in his state truck rammed the suspect vehicle, preventing an exit of the suspects,” who were killed.

Suspects’ van tied to Ohio church

Both wounded officers were taken to Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Busby was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Wren was shot multiple times in the stomach, and was listed in critical condition. Many questions are floating around about the reason of the traffic stop. Those living in the I-40 area know how drugs travel on this interstate. Looking at the video I had to ask, did the suspects know where they were? If you don’t know your way around W. Memphis, you will get stuck in a parking lot somewhere trying to figure a way out. I believe this is the reason the van was located, they got lost in the W. Memphis MAZE. I was proud to see the support of the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff Department as they located at the MED for the downed officers. To all officers, be careful and take care.

Memphis, let’s pray for the families of these officers.

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This was taken around 5 something May 14 after a heavy rain. I was in Big Red, I made it through.

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Beale Street is just not what it use to be. I remember twenty-five plus years ago when I would ride through looking for familiar faces on a Monday night. Walking to Handy Park and eating at Alfred’s. Those days of glory are now replaced with people fighting in the streets, shootings, panhandlers, and high parking prices. For three years I worked at one of the offices on Beale St. and witnessed many problems on that street. The main problem with Beale St is the uncontrollable teens and young disrespectful adults. Another problem is the PLUSH CLUB, no matter what club was at that corner, Beale and Fourth, it was a problem.

If you haven’t heard the latest news about the Plush Club, I’ll fill you in. It doesn’t matter inside or outside; the Plush Club is a problem. The club can hold 850, most of the time it’s events held by young blacks, I’ll say no more about that. The Plush has 20 to 25 security guards on staff and police patrols are everywhere. Every time there is an incident on Beale St. people always say, “down the street at the Plush.”

Nearly 100 people were involved in a brawl outside Plush around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Four police officers were injured trying to control the crowd after security threw a large crowd out for fighting inside the club. Tony Jones, 21, and Corey Jones, 23, was both charged with Inciting of a Riot and Disorderly Conduct. Travis Jackson, 22, was charged with Inciting of a Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication. Antonio Inniss, 20, was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Simple Assault.

Travis Jackson refused to leave, yelling at policemen, “Bring it on … ” The police battened his ass, even after he was restrained, he kept fighting, leading police to handcuff him and hold him on the ground.

Tony Jones who tried to fight police but was eventually tackled to the ground.

Corey Jones did give some officers a night’s work by kicking their ass. The only way he was stopped was by a blackjack to the back of the head.

Antonio Inniss grabbed something and hit one officer in the hand, then struck another officer in the arm, causing “deep cuts and abrasions.” He then got his ass kicked. To sum it up, If you were a visitor and on Beale St. you got your money’s worth of entertainment,  MEMPHIS STYLE being that Forbes ranks Memphis second most dangerous city in America.

What else has happened at PLUSH? On July 5, 2009, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd outside the club, wounding five, at least one critically. The five teenagers were rushed to the hospital after shots were fired just yards from the Plush Club on Beale Street. Three of them were shot. Bullet fragments hit the others. Just after Midnight people ended up by the Plush Club. They started fighting, and then gunshots were heard.

In September 5, 2007, Sophomore Sean Taggert and freshman Jeff Robinson were both arrested at the Plush Club. These two were University of Memphis basketball players, they get special treatment. They were arrested on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and inciting to riot. Robinson was also charged with assault after he approached an officer with his fists raised. Charges were later dropped, but heir punishment was, the team will not be allowed to go to any club that serves alcohol and will also have to adhere to a curfew 7 days a week.

May 22, 2006, three people were injured inside the club during a shooting at a birthday party for local rapper Yo Gotti. Gotti was celebrating his birthday and the May 23rd release of his album Back 2 Da Basics at the Plush Club, around 3:00 a.m. two large groups of men were apparently arguing before the shooting. A single shot was fired inside the back of the club, somehow managing to injure three people, a man and two women. Over 500 people were in the Plush Club when the shooting took place.

In May 1993, 16-year-old Darren Brewster was killed inside the club.

In 1992, Kevin Wade, 21, and Harold Williams, 18, was shot to death outside the club.

Remember Denim & Diamonds on Mendenhall? Crystal Palace skating Rink on Third? Well let me introduce The PLUSH CLUB on BEALE ST.

BE CAREFUL!

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  • A statement from the Memphis Police Department said many streets were impassable due to flooding. Police received numerous reports of people becoming stranded in their cars or not being able to leave their homes.
  • Near Brownsville, I-40 eastbound traffic was detoured off the interstate at exit 56 and back onto I-40 at exit 66. Westbound traffic was detoured off I-40 at exit 66 and back on to I-40 at exit 56.
  • In Memphis at The MED, Labor and Delivery was on diversion because parts of the hospital flooded.  The MED is now operating at full capacity.
  • The minimum security prison near Millington was evacuated due to flooding.
  • The levee on the south side of the Millington Naval was breeched, flooding homes on the base.  Some 2,000 citizens were evacuated from the base.  The remaining part of the levee is at capacity and may pose future danger.  Boats have been requested to help evacuate citizens.
  • The Beale Street Musical Festival came to an early close late Saturday after Tom Lee Park was evacuated due to a tornado warning in Shelby County.
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    Larry Hill’s EXPERIENCE includes:

    • Commander: Specialized Crimes Unit
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    Captain Larry Hill has been in Shelby County law enforcement for 21 years.  And after two decades of fighting crime, Hill has one main goal if elected Shelby County Sheriff. He’s been the commander of the Street Crimes Unit, the Fugitive Squad, General Sessions Criminal Court and the Traffic Office. He’s also worked for the narcotics department, SWAT and Uniform Street Patrol.  Hill is currently the commander of the courts division.

    For a complete look at Larry Hill’s biography and plans for the sheriff’s office, click here: www.larryhillforsheriff.com.

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