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Darrell Brooks, suspect in Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy, charged with 5 counts of murder – CBS Chicago

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, (CBS) –Darrell Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of murder after he allegedly walked through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens more.

Darrell Brooks (Waukesha County Sheriff)

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Brooks, who has a long criminal record, was arrested near the scene after a Waukesha police officer opened fire in an attempt to stop the vehicle, authorities said. Officially, Brooks has been charged with five counts of intentional manslaughter, which is the legal equivalent of first degree murder in Wisconsin, and carries a sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.

In the moments leading up to the incident, police received a call regarding domestic disturbances, possibly involving Brooks. Police Chief Dan Thompson said police didn’t even have time to respond to that call and fully investigate before Brooks made his way to the parade route. He said it was not an act of terrorism.

At least five people died and 40 were injured when the red Ford Escape entered the parade route and crushed several marchers, including members of a high school marching band.

Online court records showed Brooks had two criminal cases open in Milwaukee County. And at least three other convictions for violent behavior.

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WBBM-TV learned that Brooks had been charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, jumping on bail, reckless endangering safety, disorderly driving and assault and battery on November 5. He has pleaded not guilty to Counts 1, 4 and 5. It appears to be domestic violence. case because one of the court entries indicates that two women requested a no-contact order, which the court implemented. He posted a $ 1,000 cash bond on Friday.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into such a low bond “in light of the nature of the recent charges and pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” according to a note released Monday obtained by the reporter. from CBS 58, Kristen Barbaresi.

WBBM found files for another pending case from July 2020. He has been charged with two counts of reckless endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm / convicted of a crime. He has pleaded not guilty in this case.

  • In 2011, Brooks was convicted of resisting / obstructing an officer.
  • In 2010, he was convicted of strangulation and suffocation in Wood County.
  • In 1999, he was convicted of grievous bodily harm, a felony.

Thompson gave no immediate details about the person or any possible motive.

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Photos released by CBS 58 News show the red Ford Escape parking lot in a driveway on the 300 block of Maple Avenue.

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