Family of dead driver refutes Sheriff Clarke's claim that dash cam shows their son nearly running over deputy
One day after Sheriff Clarke exclusively released dash cam video to CBS 58 News, the family of the driver seen in the video is speaking out.
Terry Williams,19, was shot in the head after investigators say he refused to pull over for making an illegal turn on Lincoln Memorial Drive.
The dash cam video shows him go off road, through a park, hit a median and then go the opposite direction of traffic.
Sheriff Clarke narrated the video for CBS 58 News and says it shows that clear commands were made for the driver of the SUV to stop.
"This is relevant," Sheriff Clarke told CBS 58's Michele McCormack. "This is public need to know video. You hear body cams and dash cams. People want to see it. They have a need to see it, I believe, if it doesn't compromise the investigation. I've looked at this thing over and over and this doesn't compromise. This is what happened."
Sheriff Clarke also said the vehicle nearly hit the deputy who opened fire.
Williams was hit by a bullet in the head and died days later at the hospital.
His girlfriend, Paul McEwen, was wounded.
A statement from the family was released to CBS 58 Friday as reported by Michele McCormack on the CBS 58 News at Noon.
"Ms. McEwen, who is not a suspect and is an innocent victim - had her phone and personal belongings seized by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department following the shooting. She has repeatedly requested these items be returned as they contain photographs of her boyfriend, Terry Williams, which she wants to look at and use for the obituary and funeral. Ms. McEwen repeats her previous requests that these items be returned to her.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department has released dash cam video and appears to be engaging in a smear campaign against Mr. Williams, who was killed by Deputy Truax and cannot defend against their allegations. The Audi is seen fleeing from police and it is understandable that tensions were high. But the video also shows that Mr. Williams was not trying to run down anyone when Deputy Traux began shooting. When the smoke from the shot of Deputy Truax is most visible (circled in the picture below), the SUV is barely moving and the wheels are pointed to the right. When the car turns left, Mr. Williams was already being shot at, and potentially no longer conscious. The autopsy will provide further information.
Ms. McEwan and the family of Mr. Williams request that the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department end its attempt to vilify Mr. Williams, who was killed by one of their deputies, and cease its efforts to influence public opinion until the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department completes its investigation. Ms. McEwen also repeats her request that her personal property, including her phone, be returned, so that she may use her photos to prepare for Mr. Williams' obituary and funeral."