Student, 17, shot after pointing gun at officers at Milwaukee-area high school

The shooting happened after another student told a school resource officer that a classmate had a handgun.

Associated Press
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:42:14 GMT

MILWAUKEE — A police officer shot an armed male student in a classroom at a suburban Milwaukee high school Monday morning after the teen pointed a gun at officers, a police chief said.

Officers performed life-saving measures on the 17-year-old Waukesha South High School student, who is in custody and in stable condition, and no officers or other students were hurt, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said.

The shooting happened after another student told a school resource officer that a classmate had a handgun, Chief Jack said. He said the officer went to the classroom to confront the teen and move other students to safety.

Waukesha police and sheriff’s deputies soon arrived at the school and tried to de-escalate the situation to no avail.

“The suspect would not remove his hands from his pocket and continued to ignore officers’ commands,” Chief Jack said. “The suspect removed his handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. An officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the suspect.”

The officer who shot the student is an 11-year veteran of the Waukesha Police Department, Chief Jack said.

Police have not said whether the student fired his weapon.

Parents gathered outside and hugged students streaming from the school. Some students took cover under desks, and teachers barricaded doors when a drill was announced.

“It was just really scary,” Alexis Grady, a senior, told the Journal Sentinel.

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