Shots Fired At Waukesha High School, Suspect In Custody

Dec 2, 2019

Updated at 3:30 p.m. CT

A tragedy was apparently averted at Waukesha South High School on Monday morning, when a student with a handgun was confronted by a police officer.

A 17-year-old male student is in custody after aiming a gun at police officers, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said at a press conference. Jack said a school resource officer and other law enforcement officers tried to talk to the high schooler in a classroom after being tipped off about the weapon by another student. 

“An officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the suspect,” Jack said. “Officers immediately provided life-saving medical attention. The remaining students were evacuated from the classroom and a firearm was recovered.”

Jack said the suspect was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. No one else was injured.  

Police vehicles and an ambulance outside of Waukesha South High School after shots were fired on Monday morning.
Credit Courtesy of The Waukesha Freeman

South High School students were kept in locked classrooms until about 11:15 a.m., when they were released to their families. Nearby Whittier Elementary School was also under lockdown after the incident.

The Greenfield Police Department will take the lead in an investigation into whether the officer-involved shooting complied with the law.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said the incident was “clearly a superintendent’s worst nightmare.” He thanked the school resource officer and other law enforcement for their handling of the situation. Gray said he hoped school would be back in session on Tuesday and additional emotional support would be available for students.  

Monday afternoon, there was another scare — this time at Waukesha North High School. The school was locked down after a report of a student with a firearm. Police say the student was located at a residence and taken into custody. It's unclear if the two incidents are related.

Gov. Tony Evers released a statement calling on Wisconsinites to support the Waukesha community in healing after the traumatic day. 

"Today is a grim reminder that this can happen anywhere," Evers said. "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.”