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Waukesha South High School suspect brought two pellet guns to school

Posted at 6:22 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 19:22:44-05

WAUKESHA — Waukesha Police say the 17-year-old student shot Monday morning at Waukesha South High School brought two pellet guns to school.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Capt. Dan Baumann says while talking to the student in the ambulance, investigators learned he brought the pellet guns to school because he was upset with another student.

"He was angry," Baumann said. "Angry at another student."

Baumann says the other student told the School Resource Officer (SRO) the suspect pointed the gun at his head. Authorities cleared the classroom so they could speak with the student and they say that's when he pulled the pellet gun at and pointed it at them.

Sgt. Brady Esser, an eleven-year veteran of the department, shot the student three times; once in the leg and twice in the arm.

Baumann says it was a decision made because of how difficult it is to tell the difference between a pellet gun and the real thing.

"If you look at the muzzle," Baumann said. "I know people will say stuff about, 'you can tell the difference between a pellet gun and a real gun.' You can't. I will get 100 firearms experts to look at that picture right there and 100 will say that's a firearm. Period."

Police say they also served a warrant at the student's home where they found more pellet guns and narcotics.

The student is in stable condition and is expected to face multiple felonies. Baumann believes he could be charged as an adult.