Waukesha Student Shot by Officer After Refusing to Give Up Handgun

Suspect in Stable Condition

Release from Waukesha Police Department:

On Monday December 2, at approximately 10:07 a.m., a Waukesha student reported that a male student was reported to have brought a handgun to school and was currently in possession of this handgun.

The School Resource Officer immediately responded to the classroom. The SRO made efforts to secure the classroom by getting other students to safety. Other officers responded to the school and began dialogue with the suspect in an attempt to deescalate the situation.

The suspect would not remove his hands from his pocket and continued to ignore officers’ commands. The suspect removed the handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers.

An officer was forced to discharge his firearm striking the suspect. Officers immediately provided lifesaving medical attention. The remaining students were evacuated from the classroom and the school was put on lockdown.

A firearm was recovered. The suspect is a 17-year-old male. He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The officer is an 11-year veteran of the police department. No officer or other students were injured during this incident. The police are not looking for any other persons of interest.

Waukesha South will slowly be releasing students back to their families.

The Milwaukee Area Investigative Team, with the City of Greenfield Police Department as the Lead Agency, is conducting the investigation.

Further information will be released once it has been verified. Initial information shows that the officer acted within state statute and department policy.

Statement from Gov. Tony Evers:

“My heart is with the students, educators, and staff of Waukesha South High School and the entire Waukesha community as they mourn and endure the trauma of today’s shooting. I am grateful for our educators and first responders who worked quickly to keep our kids safe and ensure no one else was injured.

We are continuing to learn more details about the situation this morning, but what I can say is it’s gut-wrenching that our kids wondered whether this was a drill or it was real—our kids shouldn’t have to fear for their life in our classrooms or at school, and no parent should have to send their kid off to school in the morning worrying about whether or not they’ll come home.

Wisconsinites believe in helping each other in times of need, so I know we will come together to do everything we can to support the Waukesha community as they begin to heal. Today is a grim reminder that this can happen anywhere, but I do not accept—nor should we accept—that this is an inevitable reality for our kids, our communities, our state, or our country.”