Law enforcement stages outside Waukesha South High School after reports of shots fired inside the school Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

WAUKESHA, Wis. – A school resource officer inside Waukesha South High School in  Wisconsin shot a 17-year-old student who pulled a gun in a classroom and refused to drop it, according to officials. 

The suspect is in custody and the building is safe and secure, according to the Waukesha Police Department. 

The student with the gun was the only person injured in the incident.

The student brought the gun to school, school officials tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said the officer who fired his gun is an 11-year veteran of the department.

A sophomore at the school told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was in the hallway outside of his Spanish class with his teacher and other students, hanging posters.

“These kids start running out from the classroom directly across from us, and one of them goes ‘he’s got a gun.’

“With the teacher being out there, I was glad she was out there, she just got us into the classroom right away, so we were in lockdown before they even announced it.”

The student said about 20 minutes later when the lockdown was happening “we heard three gunshots, shook the whole room — it was one then two directly right after it.” 

The school went on lockdown at 10 a.m., according to an email to parents from a district official. Students will be let out of school at 11:15 a.m. The nearby Whittier Elementary School also went into lockdown. It was lifted around 10:50 a.m. after police gave the school the “all clear.” 



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