Dash-Cam Video Released In Fatal Milwaukee Lakefront Shooting

Journal Sentinel: Group Of 40 To 50 Gathered At Site Of Shooting


The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has released dash-camera video of a police pursuit that ended in a driver’s death, with the video appearing to show a deputy on foot fired into the vehicle as it headed straight at him.

Sheriff David Clarke told WISN-TV it was “the best angles that we have” on the shooting Sunday night near the city’s crowded Lake Michigan shoreline.

Terry Williams, 19, died after being shot in the head. Deputy Michael Truax, 32, was hired in August and has been placed on standard administrative leave.

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The newly released video shows the SUV going off-road as it was pursued by a sheriff’s vehicle attempting to stop Williams for a traffic violation. The SUV eventually mounted a median. From the pursuing vehicle’s camera, puffs of smoke are seen from in front of the SUV and Truax appears, dodging the SUV as it veers around him.

Citizen video shows the SUV driving up a curb with a sheriff’s vehicle in pursuit when Truax appears on foot with a gun drawn. Multiple shots can be heard on the video.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in the rain Wednesday at Milwaukee’s lakefront to express anger over the fatal shooting.

Some demonstrators Wednesday evening hurled obscenities at deputies who stood nearby watching the group, but that the 40 to 50 people gathered were not physically violent, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Authorities say Williams was removed from life support Tuesday at Froedtert Hospital.

Milwaukee police said Wednesday that on Saturday, Williams fired a rifle and struck the car of a man with whom he had exchanged words and gunfire.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 5:24 p.m. Thursday, June 15, with information related to the dash-camera video.