The Milwaukee man now accused of killing six people and injuring more than 60 others by driving his SUV through a holiday parade in Waukesha over the weekend made no attempt to avoid hitting bystanders, prosecutors alleged in court Tuesday.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said 39-year-old Darrell Brooks has been charged with five counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide stemming from the incident at the Waukesha Christmas Parade in the city’s downtown on Sunday and is expected to be charged with a sixth count for Sparks’s death.
The criminal complaint described how a Waukesha police detective tried to stop the red Ford Escape from driving into the parade, pounding on the hood of the vehicle and yelling stop.
At that time, the SUV was moving slowly, and brushed the detective off the front of the car, so he was near the driver’s window where he saw someone he later identified as Brooks and pounded on the driver’s door, the complaint says.
Brooks continued driving and the detective radioed for help as he saw the SUV pick up speed and enter the parade procession, according to the complaint.
Multiple witnesses told police Brooks appeared to be driving in a zig-zag pattern as if to hit as many people as possible. Also included was one officer’s recollection that, once Brooks turned left into the crowd, it was clear “this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible.”
Court documents confirm Darrel Brooks was observed first driving slowly and then sped up to hit parade participants in Waukesha. Images below:
Thompson did not say Monday what triggered Brooks to plow through the parade. Thompson said the incident is not considered to be domestic terrorism.
Just before the parade attack, Brooks was involved in a domestic disturbance. Thompson said the details of the initial incident is unknown at this point.
During Tuesday’s court hearing, a court commissioner set Brooks’ bail at $5 million, and his next court date was scheduled for January 14 at 9:15 a.m.