By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Oshkosh, WI – A student and a police officer were wounded on Tuesday morning when an armed student confronted a school resource officer at Oshkosh West High School.
The officer-involved shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 when an armed student confronted the school resource officer assigned to the high school, The Journal Times reported.
Both the officer and the armed student were wounded in the altercation and both were transported to local hospitals.
The school was placed on lockdown, NBC News reported.
The Oshkosh Police Department posted some details about the incident, along with reunification information for parents of affected students, on their official Facebook page.
“There has been an officer involved shooting at Oshkosh West high school,” the post began. “The school is currently locked down and parents can be reunited with their children at Perry Tipler Middle school.”
“A student was armed with a weapon and confronted a school resource officer,” the post continued. “The student and officer were both injured and transported to local hospitals. Only one student was injured.”
Oshkosh PD said the incident was being turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations.
This was the second officer-involved shooting at a Wisconsin high school in 24 hours.
On Monday, a Milwaukee school resource officer stopped an armed 17-year-old student after a classmate notified him that he had a gun at Waukesha South High School, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The SRO immediately responded to the armed student’s classroom to intercept him and to get the other teens out of harm’s way, the Associated Press reported.
Sophomore Andrew Oresick, 16, said he was hanging posters in the hallway outside his Spanish class when students suddenly burst out of a nearby classroom, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"These kids start running out from the classroom directly across from us, and one of them goes 'he's got a gun,’” Oresick recalled. "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."
Additional officers responded to the scene during the ensuing standoff.
Police attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the gunman refused to comply, according to the Associated Press.
Other students were still inside the classroom at the time of the tense encounter, WITI reported.
“The suspect would not remove his hands from his pocket and continued to ignore officers’ commands,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said during a press conference. “The suspect removed his handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. An officer was forced to discharge his firearm, striking the suspect.”
Students reported having heard three gunshots, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Police located the gunman’s weapon at the scene, but have not confirmed whether he fired the gun during the standoff.
Officers immediately provided lifesaving medical attention to the suspect while “remaining students were evacuated from the classroom,” Chief Jack said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The school was then paced on lockdown.
The gunman was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, according to the Associated Press.
No one else was injured during the harrowing incident.
The officer who shot the 17-year-old suspect has been with the Waukesha Police Department (WPD) for the past 11 years, the Associated Press reported.
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