Milwaukee, WI - Protesters gathered on Wednesday to confront police for the shooting of Terry Williams on Sunday, according to TMJ4. Now, Milwaukee County Sheriff has released dash camera footage of the shooting, and it should be a hard case for the protesters to claim that the shooting was unjustified (video below.)
The shooting occurred at around 7:40 PM Sunday evening at Lincoln Memorial Drive and E. Water Tower Drive. Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies had attempted to stop a vehicle for running a stop sign when the vehicle took off. The deputies were pursuing the SUV and it drove up onto the median during the pursuit.
Deputy Michael Traux was on foot patrol in the area, and videos show the deputy opened fire as the vehicle was driving down the median.
The initial cell phone video from the scene video showed that vehicle did appear to swerve directly at the deputy who opened fire, but an official statement was released about the justification for the shooting.
Now, with the release of the dash camera video, any doubts should go out the window. The dash camera video clearly shows Williams swerved directly at Deputy Traux, in an apparent attempt to murder him. Deputy Traux appeared just inches form death when he opened fire.
The driver, Terry Williams, 19, was shot along with a passenger identified only as Paula. Williams was placed on life support before succumbing to his injuries on Tuesday. Paula has non life-threatening injuries.
A 9mm pistol was recovered from the vehicle.
Immediately after the shooting, a large crowd gathered on scene to heckle officers as they were working an active scene. Word quickly spread on social media that the police just killed either one or two people.
Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) tweeted, "Crazy scene at the Lakefront. One person left dead after office involved shooting." No suspects had died at that time.
Law enforcement eventually forced everybody out of the park area and the crowd dissipated.
In his press conference on Monday, Sheriff Clarke noted that Terry Williams had a criminal history and was the suspected driver in a drive-by shooting that occurred on Saturday at JAD Foods near 58th and Silver Spring.
Deputy Michael Traux has been placed on leave while the shooting is being investigated and Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.
Below, you can see the dash camera and cell phone videos of the shooting. WARNING: May be disturbing to some viewers.