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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- A shooting in West Memphis has been linked to the Tri-State.

Two West Memphis police officers were killed when they pulled over a white Dodge Caravan on the west side of the city.

The white Dodge Caravan van used by the two suspects is registered to the House Of God's Prayer in New Vienna in Clinton County. Residents said the people who used the church said they were associated with the Aryan Nation and left about 10 years ago.

One of the officer's killed was identified as 39-year-old Brandon Paudert, whose father is the chief of police, Bob Paudert.

The chief said his son and Officer Bill Evans had pulled the van over when the shootout started. His son was part of a drug interdiction unit. Evans also died of his wounds.

Memphis Safety Director Larry Godwin said Crittenden County Sheriff Richard Busby and his chief deputy were wounded during a second shootout with the suspects.

The two suspects were killed in the second shooting. A spokesman at the Regional Medical Center said Busby's condition was undetermined while Deputy W.A. Wren was in critical condition.

Arkansas State Police said local police are handling the investigation.