Additional Waukesha officer on scene shot 17-year-old student at South High School


The Waukesha Police Department says Tuesday that an additional officer on scene shot a 17-year-old at Waukesha South High School Monday morning after getting initial reports that the student pointed the gun at another student's head.

Police said that Sergeant Brady Esser shot the suspect three times, twice in the leg and once in the arm. The school resource officer did not fire a weapon at the student.

Police Captain Dan Baumann said that Waukesha South's student resource officer had been informed that a student had a pellet gun in a classroom Monday. The student "told the SRO that the gun had been pointed at a student's head," according to Captain Baumann.

At that point, the SRO and a police detective responded to the classroom. The teacher and other students in the room evacuated before any gunfire happened.

The suspect then removed a gun from a hooded sweatshirt and pointed it at officers, according to Capt. Baumann. At that point, Sgt. Esser shot the student.

The student had a second pellet gun in his backback.

The injured student is in stable condition at Froedtert Hospital. Following surgery, he was taken to the hospital's intensive care unit.

Sgt. Esser is an 11-year veteran of the WPD.

The City of Greenfield is joining in the investigation of the incident.

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