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.
He is expected in court at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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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 six other convictions for violent behavior. One of the ongoing cases concerns Brooks who allegedly ran over a woman with an SUV.
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CBS 2 learned that Brooks was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, jumping on bail, reckless endangering safety, disorderly driving and assault and battery on November 5. According to the criminal complaint, Brooks punched a woman, who was the mother of her child, with her fist, then crushed the woman in a brown Ford Escape, similar to the vehicle used in Sunday’s rampage. He has pleaded not guilty to counts 1, 4 and 5. This appears to be a domestic violence case because one of the court entries indicates that two women have filed a no-contact order, which the court has issued. Implementation. Friday. he posted a deposit of $ 1,000 in cash.
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.
CBS 2 found records for another ongoing case from July 2020. According to this criminal complaint, Brooks physically fought a relative over a cell phone and shot the relative and a friend who were leaving in a cell phone. vehicle. He was charged with two counts of recklessly endangering security with use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm / convicted of felony. 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.
- Brooks was also a convicted sex offender, resulting from a case in Nevada about 15 years ago. He got a 15-year-old girl pregnant in Sparks, Nevada at the age of 24, authorities said. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation. On June 23, 2016, he was arrested in the same city for failing to register as a sex offender. He bailed out on that charge and never appeared in court. He has had an active Nevada tenure since then. The Sparks, NV Police Department told CBS 2 that the warrant was specific to Nevada, not other states. However, it is not clear whether authorities in Nevada and Wisconsin had previously communicated about the warrant and whether authorities in Wisconsin were aware of it. CBS 2 contacted the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and the Milwaukee Police Department with questions.
- In 2003, he pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting arrest.
- In 2005, he received a brief prison sentence for obstructing a police officer, also a misdemeanor.
Thompson gave no immediate details of any possible motive.
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Photos released by CBS 58 show the red parking lot of the Ford Escape in a driveway on the 300 block of Maple Avenue.
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