WAUKESHA, Wis. (WITI) -- An officer shot a 17-year-old male student who was armed on Monday morning, Dec. 2 in a classroom at Waukesha South High School.
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack spoke with the media and indicated 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 (SRO) immediately responded to the classroom where the armed student was located.
Police said 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 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 student removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at officers. An officer was forced to discharge his firearm — striking the student. Life-saving efforts were immediately put into action — and the remaining students were evacuated from the school. Chief Jack said a firearm was recovered.
The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.