New York.– The police officer communicated by radio with an alarming report. Two people witnessed a fight, possibly with knives, outside the Rotary Building in a riverfront park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Within seconds, several officers said they would be heading there. The dispatcher told them to hurry up. But by the time the first agent arrived, near the kayak rental site in colder months, any fighting that might have occurred was over.
“I’m next to the Rotary Building and the baseball diamond,” the officer said in a calm voice. “There is nothing here.”
About a minute later, panic crackled in the Police scanner. The driver of a red SUV was driving through the Waukesha Christmas parade on Main Street, not far from the park, running over members of the marching band and a granny dance troupe. It did not stop.
Waukesha authorities charged 39-year-old Darrell E. Brooks with killing six people and wounding more than 60 in the attack on Sunday night’s parade. They said he had been fleeing a close domestic dispute that may have involved a knife, an apparent reference to the earlier incident in the park.
Brooks, who wept at the defense table in his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon, was charged with five counts of first-degree manslaughter and ordered to be detained on a $ 5 million cash bond.
Prosecutors said they learned of the sixth death, of an 8-year-old boy, Tuesday and intended to file another murder charge.
“There are no words to describe the risk this defendant poses to our community,” Waukesha County District Attorney Susan L. Opper said in court, referring to accounts from detectives who said Brooks appeared to have Intentionally directed towards people.