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"Nothing to lose:" Man wanted for Amber Alert said he was going to kill cop who asked for ID

Posted at 9:48 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 09:58:26-04

MILWAUKEE -- Dariaz Higgins tells Milwaukee Police he almost killed a cop in Michigan while he was on the run from a murder charge. There is body camera video of the encounter and the department involved is now speaking out.

In the body camera video on an unidentified police officer you see a SUV sitting in a hotel parking lot. The officer approaches the vehicle and a woman gets out of the passenger side.

"I was coming to check to make sure everything is ok," said an unidentified officer from Livonia Police Department.

That officer is approaching Higgins. He has no idea Higgins in wanted for shooting and killing Sierra Robinson. Plus, he is the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert for his missing daughter, 2-year-old Noelani Robinson.

"They were from out of state. The driver seemed very nervous," said Captain Ron Taig from the Livonia Police Department.

When the officer asked Higgins for his ID, Higgins put the car in drive and took off. That decision could have saved the officer's life. Higgins later told Milwaukee Police after his arrest that he had a sawed-off shotgun against his leg. He had planned to shoot the officer when he got to the vehicle because he had nothing to lose.

"The hair on the back of my neck literally stood up when we made contact with the Milwaukee detectives and they said during the interview the suspect said he was going to shoot our police officer as he approached him," said Taig.

Police said the woman in the body cam video is Deloise Lipsey. She is charged with helping Higgins elude police while he was wanted for murder.

No charges have been filed for anyone in connection to the death of Noelani Robinson.