Of­fi­cer wounds Wis. high schooler who re­fused to sur­ren­der hand­gun

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

An of­fi­cer at a high school in Wauke­sha, Wis., shot and wounded a stu­dent who had a gun and pointed it at law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties as they were try­ing to per­suade him to hand it over, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The episode un­folded at Wauke­sha South High School at 10:17 a.m. af­ter a stu­dent in­formed au­thor­i­ties that an­other stu­dent had a hand­gun, said Wauke­sha Po­lice Chief Rus­sell Jack.

As a school re­source of­fi­cer went to the class­room and moved other stu­dents to safety, ad­di­tional law en­force­ment units were dis­patched to the build­ing, he said at a news con­fer­ence.

Of­fi­cers tried to talk with the stu­dent, a 17-year-old male, but he would not re­move his hands from his pock­ets, and he took the gun from his waist­band and pointed it at them, the chief said.

“An of­fi­cer was forced to dis­charge his firearm, strik­ing the suspect,” the chief said. It was not clear how many shots were fired.

Terry Schus­ter, a spokes­woman for the School District of Wauke­sha, said of the armed stu­dent in a telephone in­ter­view, “He did not com­ply to hand over the gun.”

The stu­dent was taken to a hos­pi­tal and was in sta­ble con­di­tion, the chief said. No one else was hurt, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors were not look­ing for ad­di­tional sus­pects. A po­lice state­ment said of­fi­cers pro­vided life­sav­ing med­i­cal treat­ment to the stu­dent.

The of­fi­cer who fired his gun is an 11-year vet­eran of the depart­ment and ap­peared to have acted within state law and depart­ment pol­icy, Jack said.

The chief and Schus­ter had no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the type of weapon the stu­dent had.

“This is clearly a su­per­in­ten­dent’s worst nightmare,” said the su­per­in­ten­dent of the district, Todd Gray, at the news con­fer­ence. He said classes would re­sume Tues­day.

The school is one of the state’s largest, with about 1,200 stu­dents in grades nine through 12.

Stu­dents were told there was a lock­down drill and to shel­ter in class­rooms. Dis­missed early af­ter the build­ing was se­cured, some of them milled out­side the build­ing with their par­ents, a tele­vi­sion station re­ported.

Kevin Kit­slaar, the school prin­ci­pal, said in a state­ment to par­ents and guardians that the stu­dents and staff mem­bers re­sponded quickly, evac­u­at­ing from the hall­way and into a locked class­room.

Some of the stu­dents, shaken and tear­ful, spoke to lo­cal news sta­tions. Most de­clined to give their full names. One stu­dent, speak­ing to WITI-TV of Mil­wau­kee, said she had been in the li­brary when oth­ers came in and said there was a gun on cam­pus.

“Then we heard there was a lock­down drill, and we went to the cor­ner,” she said, adding that they had been told to take cover in places where there were no win­dows. But they could hear bangs, she added.

“We all bonded,” said an­other stu­dent, de­scrib­ing how she and her class­mates took shel­ter in a chem­istry class and heard gun­shots. “We were all in the sit­u­a­tion to­gether.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Stu­dents at Wauke­sha South High School in Wauke­sha, Wis., looked for their par­ents and friends af­ter shots were fired in­side the school on Mon­day. Au­thor­i­ties had con­fronted an armed stu­dent in­side a class­room.

Becky Gal­van con­soled her daugh­ter, Ash­ley Gal­van, a 15-year-old sopho­more, with her fa­ther, Jose Chavez, out­side Wauke­sha South High School on Mon­day morn­ing.

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