Officer shot armed student at Wisconsin high school

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

Waukesha police say one person is in custody after an isolated incident at Waukesha South High School.

Eventually, police say the officer was forced to fire at the student when he would not remove his hands from his pocket. He said the officer who injured the student appeared to have "acted within state statute and department policy", resorting to gunfire only when de-escalation efforts failed.

Officers located the student in a Waukesha home and made an arrest. The police chief did not release additional information.


Waukesha South is on lockdown as is near Whittier Elementary School.

According to a Waukesha PD social media post, authorities responded to a report of a student possessing a firearm at Waukesha North High School. She said the school would issue a statement later.

Officials told KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee that gunshots were fired inside the school.


Parents gathered outside and hugged students as they streamed out of the school in Waukesha, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.

Other officers responded and attempted to start a dialogue with the suspect, Jack said.


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