Jeffrey Phelps / AP
Authorities in Waukesha, Wisc., Announced Monday that Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, had been charged with five counts of homicide after he allegedly drove his car to a Christmas parade over the weekend, killing five people and in injuring at least 40 others. .
Brooks was acting alone, authorities said at a press conference Monday afternoon. He had been involved in a “domestic disturbance” just before crashing his SUV in the parade. Authorities say police were not engaged in a pursuit of the suspect at the time of the incident, but that an officer shot Brooks’ vehicle several times as it was passing through the parade.
Brooks has a criminal history in Wisconsin. In 2020, he was charged with recklessly endangering security and being a criminal in possession of a gun, according to documents from the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office provided to NPR.
The documents also show that Brooks has used his vehicle in the past to cause damage. Earlier this month, he confronted a woman outside a motel. He snatched his phone from her and left. He then returned, punched her in the face and knocked her down with his vehicle. The report notes that the woman had tire marks on her pants in addition to other injuries from the incident.
Brooks was charged in this incident on November 5, but his bond was set at only $ 1,000. On November 11, he posted bail and was released.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in an emailed statement to NPR that the state’s recommendation on bail was “inappropriate given the nature of the recent and pending charges against Mr. Brooks. “.
“The bail recommendation in this case is inconsistent with the Milwaukee County Attorney’s Office’s approach to cases involving violent crime, nor with the accused’s risk assessment prior to the release. bail, “the statement read.
Chisholm’s office added that it was conducting an internal review of the bail recommendation decision, but made no mention of the attack on the Christmas parade in which Brooks was charged.