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Wisconsin student shot by officer after allegedly bringing gun to school

Posted: 12:33 PM, Dec 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 16:21:01-05
Student, resource officer exchange gunfire at Wisconsin high school; student injured

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A Wisconsin high school is "safe and secure" after a student was shot by an officer for pointing a gun at law enforcement, police say.

Authorities said that a student at Waukesha South High School notified administrators after hearing that a student was in possession of a handgun at school.

"The school's Resource Officer immediately responded to the classroom, the SRO made efforts to secure the classroom by getting the other students to safety," said Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack.

Other officers responded to the classroom and began talking with the suspect in an attempt to deescalate the situation. The 17-year-old student would not remove his hands from his pocket and continued to ignore officer's commands, authorities said.

Eventually, police say the officer was forced to fire at the student when he would not remove his hands from his pocket.

"This is an isolated incident. We are not seeking anybody else we have no other persons of interest. We are in the investigative stage right now as the scene is stabilized," police said on Twitter.

The student was taken to a local hospital with injuries, according to the Waukesha Police Department.

Students were dismissed for the day at 11:15 a.m., according to a statement from the school's principal.

A 9th-grader at the school said he and his friends "thought it was just a drill."

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"We thought it was just a drill at the beginning," the student said. "We were in there for like a whole hour."

An emotional mother described the moment she saw her son safe "like giving birth all over again."

'Like giving birth all over again': Mother's emotional response to finding son safe after shots fired at Waukesha high school

This story was originally published on WTMJ.