A police officer working on the scene of the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack believes the suspect, Darrell Brooks, was “deliberately trying to hit and hurt as many people as possible” as the SUV he was driving that day was “deliberately moving from side to side.” “According to the newly filed criminal complaint.
Brooks is currently being held on $ 5 million bail as he faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The most recent death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks is likely to be the sixth count.
A A criminal complaint has been filed In Waukesha County Circuit Court on Tuesday, a Waukesha City Police Department official described how Brooks first thought he was “coming to a stop and trying to make a right-hand turn out of a parade route.”
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“However, the vehicle seemed to accelerate later, because Officer Butrin’s tires were heard screaming.
“At this point, it was clear to Officer Butrin that it was a deliberate act to strike and hurt as many people as possible. Officer Butrin continued driving west on East Main Street, pursuing the vehicle and its approach,” the complaint said. “He noticed the vehicle was deliberately moving side-by-side, hitting many people and bodies and objects flying from the area of the vehicle.”
By the time the officer arrived at a subway restaurant in the area, he had “begun to suffer many casualties” and added that “many people were pulling him for help for the injured parties.”
A detective was also cited in the complaint alleging that he had spoken to multiple witnesses at the scene.
“As one witness pointed out, ‘as I continued to watch the SUV, it continued to drive the Zig Zag. It was trying to avoid the SUV, not the people.
“Detective Trusoni spoke with another witness who described the same zig zag driving pattern from the SUV and the witness further indicated that he thought it was ‘a direct motive to hit multiple parade participants,'” the complaint added.
Court Commissioner Kevin Costello cited Brooks’ criminal record, jumping bail history and the “shocking” nature of the crime when he was granted $ 5 million bail on Tuesday.
“Two detectives commented that this was a deliberate act. The vehicle seemed to turn into individuals. In fact, at one point it was trying to avoid the other vehicle,” Costello said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my long career. It’s a very strong case for the state.”
LBL reached out to Waukesha police for further comment.
Paul Best of LBL contributed to this report.