EXCLUSIVE: In an interview with Fox News, the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police stated that people should be careful about making speculations on the motivation for Sunday’s horror Christmas parade in Waukesha.
Ryan Windorff stated late on Sunday that, “Hours later,” everything was still fluid.
Windorff explained that next, investigators will conduct witness interviews and review video footage taken from business security cameras and phones of witnesses.
Windorff explained that “there are numerous witnesses that should be interviewed.” Windorff stated that even if someone didn’t actually witness the incident, it is possible for them to have surveillance cameras at home or in their business which could be helpful during an investigation.
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Shortly after the incident, social media video showed witnesses standing on the parade route as the Ford SUV in maroon color drove through them.
Windorff stated that law enforcement now will create a chronology of events in order to follow the activities of any suspect driving an SUV.
“Law enforcement will be looking to retrace it from the initial sign of it during the parade but also go back in time to the days and week before it,” he said.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson stated late Sunday night that an individual of interest had been taken into custody. He also said that the police recovered the car believed to have been used in the incident. A motive was not revealed by the police.
“I think at this point the terms ‘suspect’ and ‘person of interest’ are probably interchangeable,” Windorff said. Windorff stated, “If there’s a motive to be revealed it will. However, it is important to be cautious about jumping to any conclusions.
Waukesha officials claim the incident caused at least 5 deaths and 40 injuries. Some of these victims were children.
Local police showed up for work Sunday expecting a simple, peaceful parade assignment – but it turned into a nightmare scenario, Windorff said.
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This is the worst case scenario for law enforcement. The officers are on parade duty. It should be an easy day … and in a blink of an eye it turns into a horrible tragedy,” he said.
Windorff said that despite the horrific scenes, the courageous actions of police and first responders as well as ordinary citizens provided a silver lining in a difficult time for the community.
“In an awful situation such as this, I believe some solace can come from acts of selflessness like we saw tonight at Waukesha.”