Wisconsin – A student who brought a gun to Waukesha South High School on Monday refused to hand it over to the School Resource Officer. The SRO shot him. His condition is listed as stable.
Officials say the SRO made efforts to secure the classroom by getting the other students to safety. Other Waukesha officers also responded to the school.
Officers spoke with the suspect student to de-escalate the situation. But Chief Jack said the student would not remove his hands from his pockets — and ignored officers’ commands. At one point, the suspect removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at officers. An officer was forced to discharge his firearm — striking the suspect. Life-saving efforts were immediately put into action — and the remaining students were evacuated from the school. Chief Jack said a firearm was recovered.
This is an isolated incident. We are not seeking anybody else we have no other persons of interest. We are in the investigative stage right now as the scene is stabilized
— WaukeshaPD (@WaukeshaPD) December 2, 2019
Police were called to the Waukesha South High School at around 10:15 a.m. for a report of a student with a gun. Reports say that the 17 year old student refused to comply with the officer’s demand to hand over the gun, and was pointing it at him.
Waukesha South High School – One person taken by stretcher. Possible shooting. School on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/jssX6TMzDU
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LIVE COVERAGE: Officials say a student & officer exchange gunfire this morning at Waukesha South HS: https://t.co/sNsKYc7dnl
— WISN 12 NEWS (@WISN12News) December 2, 2019
The School Superintendent thanked local police and the SRO for their rapid response to the situation. For the parents of students at the school, it was described as a terrifying day. Carroll University was briefly locked down as well until the all clear was given. All of the students from the high school were released to go home following the incident. Problem solved.
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