One month before an Ohio contingent of Aryan Nations is set to march in Gettysburg Memorial Park, we get this news: a shootout in Arkansas ends with West Memphis Police Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans dead and policelearning that the van in this picture was registered to an Aryan Nations associate. The WPs over at Stormfront are doing as much as they can to distance themselves from the shooting and the persons involved. They are even trying to suggest that there is no way Aryan Nations could be involved as Aryan Nations went belly up ten years ago. But even if those involved with this shooting are not tight with the Aryan Nations crew from Chillicothe, Ohio, the group doing Gettysburg on June 19, the Aryan Nations people in question still were active last time we checked. The name "Hoge Tabor" is coming up in relation to this shooting. Hoge might be sweating a few bullets right about now because there are pics somewhere about of Hoge hanging out with a few people in a hotel room after some WP meeting in Ohio, among them not only Aryan Nations leaders like the late Ray Redfeairn who died in 2003, but also White Power radio host, Sean Hannity friend and FBI Informant Hal Turner. Even more curious, the New Vienna church this van is connected to is the same one that the infamous Kehoe Brothers were coming from when they got into a shootout with a police officer in '97. This story is still developing, so there will definitely be more. But sadly, we have to chalk this up to yet another example of the domestic terrorism that conservatives ran defense for when Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder called attention to it last year. Food for thought.
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.