Waukesha Police: 17-year-old shot after bringing gun to Waukesha high school

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 10:58 AM CST
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A 17-year-old student is in custody after officials say he brought a gun to Waukesha South High School on Monday morning.

According to Waukesha police, around 10:17 a.m., a student reported another student brought a handgun to school and had it in a classroom. A school resource officer immediately responded to the room and got the other students in the classroom to safety.

WDJT-TV reports officers attempted to de-escalate the situation but said the suspect refused to take his hand out of his pocket and continued to ignore officers' commands.

Waukesha police said the suspect removed a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer. An officer, an 11-year-old veteran of the police department, was forced to discharge his weapon and the suspect was shot.

Authorities provided immediate medical attention to the suspect and he was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

No other officers or students were injured in the incident.

The school district sent the following message to parents (via WDJT-TV)

December 2, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today at approximately 10:00am we went into a lockdown. The students and the staff responded quickly as all students were cleared from the hallway and in a locked classroom out of site. All the students were put into lockdown due to the School Resource Officer (SRO) getting information that a student had a gun.The SRO responded immediately to the situation and got the situation contained in one location. At the same time, as the building was put into a lockdown the Waukesha Police Department responded quickly to the building and the situation. They immediately went to the classroom the student that was suspected to have a gun. The situation was contained to this location and all the students were safe.

Due to this event the students are going to be dismissed early. The dismissal time will at 11:15am.

Again we appreciate all the quick response by the staff and students. The safety and security of all students and staff are a top priority. I will be providing follow-up information later today as I know more information.


Kevin Kitslaar

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