Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Friday's Heroes - Remembering the fallen officers

The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.

Officer Tauveve Vivao, 42

United States Department of Defense – Marine Corps Base Hawaii

May 11, 2010 – Officer Tauveve Vivao suffered a fatal heart attack during routine physical fitness training. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

Trooper Patrick Ambroise, 35

Florida Highway Patrol

May 15, 2010 – Trooper Patrick Ambroise was killed when a car veered off the road and struck his parked patrol car, trapping him inside. Trooper Ambroise’s vehicle burst into flames upon impact.

He leaves behind his wife, two young daughters, mother, and five siblings.

The scene of the fiery crash that killed Trooper Ambroise.

Officer Eydelmen Mani, 30

Houston Texas Police Department

May 18, 2010 – Officer Eydelman Mani was responding to a call when his patrol car struck a guardrail and overturned. Officer Mani was killed in the accident. He is survived by his wife and three-year-old son.

Officer Mani during his 2003 police academy training.

Officer Mani’s patrol car.

Houston officers after the news conference announcing the death of Officer Mani.

Officer Bill Evans

West Memphis Arkansas Police Department

Sergeant Brandon Paudert, 39

West Memphis Arkansas Police Department

May 20, 2010 – Sergeant Brandon Paudert, son of Police Chief Bob Paudert, and Officer Bill Evans were shot and killed during a traffic stop shortly before noon on I-40. The suspects fled the scene but were located by officers in a nearby Walmart parking lot, where a second shootout took place. Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and Chief Deputy W.A. Wren were both seriously wounded in that exchange of gunfire. The two suspects were killed.

Paudert and Evans had been assigned to the drug interdiction unit.

Sergeant Paudert is survived by his three children.

Officer Evans is survived by his two children.

* Warning. The images below are graphic and may be upsetting.

Scene of the first deadly shooting.

Officers approach the van driven by the suspects (Walmart parking lot).


One of the suspects shown beside the van. The second suspect is on the other side of the vehicle.

*Thanks to ODMP, the Hinterland Gazette, and MyEyewitness.

The Commercial Appeal photos.

** UPDATE **

The two suspects in the shooting death of officers Paudert and Evans were driving a van registered to the House of God’s Prayer, a church with connections to the Jesus Christ Christian Church once led by a self-proclaimed white supremacist. That Aryan Nation church and its leader Ray Redfairn made headlines 13 years ago.

The suspects, Jerry Kane, 45, and his 16-year-old son Joseph had been traveling the country holding seminars on debt consolidation and foreclosure rescue that were heavy on anti-government sentiment.

Video of police shootout with Jerry and Joseph Kane.

Visit this link to hear cop killer Jerry Kane speak about his recent traffic stop in New Mexico. Then scroll down to the podcast dated 05/06/2010 09:00 PM EDT.

* Note – Lt. David Swords (ret.) of the Springfield Ohio Police Department (Dave is a regular contributor to this blog) is familiar with Jerry Kane. Dave had once arrested the eighteen-year-old future cop killer.