17-year-old with handgun shot by officer inside Wisconsin high school
WAUKESHA, Wisc. — Waukesha police say a suspect has been taken into custody after gunshots were fired inside Waukesha South High School on Monday morning, WITI reports.
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said around 10:15 a.m., a student at the school reported that another student brought a handgun to school and was in possession of it. A student resource officer immediately responded to the classroom where the student was located.
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 to deescalate the situation. But 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. Jack said a firearm was recovered.
The suspect is a 17-year-old male. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The officer who fired his service weapon is an 11-year veteran of the Waukesha Police Department. Neither he nor any other officers or students were injured in this incident.