Fish and wildlife officer honored with Medal of Valor | News
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South fish and wildlife officer was honored for his bravery in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Michael Neal works for the Fish and Wildlife Department in Arkansas.
His heroic actions ended a shootout and standoff in West Memphis in 2010. It was those heroic actions that earned Neal the Medal of Valor.
Dash cam video shows officers arriving to find their fellow officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans shot dead on the side of the road.
Less than one hour after the officers were found dead, surveillance cameras at the West Memphis Wal-Mart caught the van driven by the shooters, Jerry and Joe Kane, as they pulled into the parking lot.
Arkansas wildlife officer Michael Neal pulled up just in time to see the father and son open fire again, this time injuring Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and Deputy Chief W.A. Wren.
In an interview soon after the shootout, Neal talked about what he did and why he did it.
"The driver has one leg out of the van with the door open, firing at the sheriff. The passenger is hanging out of the passenger window of the van firing at W.A.," said Neal. "I had my assault rifle drawn on them at that point and I was going to the gunfight."
Neal says there was no way the Kanes were getting away. He rammed the van to disable it then bullets began flying into his truck.
Neal put his truck in reverse and at the same time fired back.
By then the threat was over and the van was surrounded. The suspects, Jerry and Joe Kane, were dead.
Officer Michael Neal helped end a violent and bloody day in West Memphis, Arkansas that could have been much worse.
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