Two people were shot in a deputy-involved shooting in Milwaukee on June 11, and multiple videos of the incident were filmed by bystanders and posted to social media.
Law enforcement officers fired into a male suspect’s car during the evening after a pursuit. The gunfire hit two people inside of the vehicle, and gripping footage of the incident appears shows what transpired and the aftermath.
The male suspect, identified by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke on June 12 as 19-year-old Terry Williams, was on life support at a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on June 13.
The 23-year-old female passenger, whose name is Paula McEwen, is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
Williams’ vehicle was being pursued after it failed to stop at a stop sign, Clarke said at a press briefing. After executing a traffic stop, the vehicle fled the scene.
There were hundreds of people near the lakefront Sunday, as it was the hottest day of the year so far for the area.
In one video filmed on Snapchat and posted to Facebook, deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office pursued Williams’ green Audi Q5 when it comes to a stop amid traffic at a stoplight. Williams drives his vehicle up onto a median to get around cars when suddenly a deputy on foot runs next to the car and opens fire.
The deputy, identified by Clarke as Michael Truax, approaches the car from the opposite side of traffic before the suspect attempts to flee again. Truax appears to fire at least eight shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle before it comes to a stop, crashing into a car at the stoplight on Lincoln Memorial.
Watch a video of the shooting incident below:
Note: The videos posted below contain graphic material and strong language.
Another video posted to Facebook from bystanders viewing the aftermath shows the green SUV stopped when a male and female are seen getting pulled out of the vehicle while a large crowd gathers around the area.
Responding authorities ask the crowd to take a step back to the sidewalk as officers put the male and female into handcuffs while on the ground. Williams is in the drivers seat while bystanders are heard saying that the driver is “dead in the driver’s seat.”
Watch a chilling video of the aftermath below:
Another video from a witness on scene shows Williams on the ground, laying there motionless. He doesn’t appear to be moving as EMTs strap him to a stretcher, put him into an ambulance and transport him to a medical facility.
Watch that video below, but be warned that it also contains graphic content.
A photo posted later on shows what appears to be the suspect’s video with bullet holes in the front of the windshield.
The crowd near the scene continued to gather late into the evening in the Bradford Beach area on Lake Michigan, and police continued to force them back. The people moved back peacefully without any confrontations.
The police-involved shooting comes less than a year after a riot in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park broke out after a police officer shot 23-year old Sylville Smith. The riots lasted about three days and it started with a gas station being lit on fire, dozens of people injured and multiple being arrested.
The area where the rioting occurred is about seven miles away from where the June 11 incident took place.