According to the authorities, when the Waukesha parade crashed, the suspect appeared emotionless when officials tried to arrest him

According to the authorities, when the Waukesha parade crashed, the suspect appeared emotionless when officials tried to arrest him

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  • The suspect in the Waukesha parade tragedy was out on bond after allegedly running over a woman earlier this month. Multiple officers with the Waukesha Police Department attempted to get the driver, who is suspected by authorities to be Brooks, to stop or turn around as he came upon the parade route, according to the complaint.. One officer, identified in the complaint as Detective Casey, first heard a horn honking near his location along the parade route. As Casey went to investigate, he saw a red Ford Escape SUV driving past parade participants and “observed people jumping out of the way,” according to the complaint.

  • Darrell E. Brooks, 39, was later apprehended by police and officially charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said they will consider an additional homicide charge following the death of a sixth person on Tuesday from sustained injuries.The suspect in the Waukesha parade tragedy was out on bond after allegedly running over a woman earlier this month.

The SUV was moving at a slow speed at the time, the complaint said, and Casey pounded on the hood of the vehicle while yelling “Stop” multiple times. The SUV brushed past Casey and continued further toward the procession. Casey chased the vehicle on foot as it began to be driven faster, the complaint said, and radioed for assistance. Seconds later, other reports came in over the police radio that people were being hit by the vehicle.

Another victim was identified Tuesday as Jackson Sparks, 8, according to the family’s verified GoFundMe page. It is not immediately clear if Jackson is the sixth parade death mentioned by prosecutors and confirmed by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Another officer, identified as Officer Butryn, also tried to get in front of the SUV, yelling at the driver to “Stop, stop the vehicle,” according to the complaint. The officer estimated the vehicle was moving at around 25 miles per hour at the time. Brooks’ bail has been set at $5 million following his initial court appearance Tuesday, with the judge citing potential flight risks. Brooks had been out on bail after allegedly running over a woman who said she’s the mother of his child earlier this month, according to court documents.

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