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Officer shot armed student at Wisconsin high school

Alleged shooter in custody after incident at a Milwaukee-area school Monday. Alleged shooter in custody after incident at a Milwaukee-area school Monday. | 

Updated: December 02, 2019 02:57 PM

Officer shot armed student at Wisconsin high school
    
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin police chief says an officer shot an armed male student at a suburban Milwaukee high school after the suspect refused to disarm and pointed his gun at officers.
    
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack says a student first warned the resource officer that a 17-year-old classmate had a gun at around 10:17 a.m. Monday. Jack says the resource officer went to the classroom to confront the student and get students in the room to safety.
    
Jack says Waukesha officers and sheriff's deputies soon arrived to de-escalate the situation but the suspect "continued to ignore officers' commands." Jack says the officer who shot the student is an 11-year veteran of the Waukesha police department.
    
Jack said the suspect is in stable condition. The police chief did not release additional information.

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Parents gathered outside and hugged students as they streamed out of the school in Waukesha, which is about 18 miles west of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued the following statement:

“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.”

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Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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