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WEDNESDAY 5/27/2020 2:26 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – A Winnebago County judge has denied a change of venue motion on behalf of Grant Fuhrman, the 17-year-old accused of stabbing a school resource officer at Oshkosh West High School last year.

Court records show Fuhrman appeared in court Wednesday for a motion hearing. A $1 million cash bond continues, per court documents. Fuhrman is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing on July 20.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation determined no charges would be filed against the school resource officer, Officer Michael Wissink for his involvement in the incident.

In the complaint, Wissink stated that he attempted to deploy his Taser but was unable to get to it, so he drew his firearm. He explained that he remembered firing twice at Fuhrman. Wissink was hospitalized for a short time for injuries sustained in the incident.

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No charges for school resource officer involved in Oshkosh West incident

MONDAY 5/11/2020 1:35 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The use of force by a school resource officer allegedly stabbed during an incident at Oshkosh West High School last year were justified, according to a state investigation.

In a Monday release, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says they completed their investigation into the incident at Oshkosh West between School Resource Officer Michael Wissink and a student, Grant Fuhrman. During the incident, Fuhrman allegedly stabbed Wissink in the neck with a barbeque fork.

A criminal complaint states another School Resource Officer who was at the high school at the time heard, “I need help now,” over his police radio. The Officer knew it was Wissink and that something bad had happened. He then heard, “Shots fired.” A nearby teacher in a classroom also stated he heard three loud bangs between 9:05 and 9:10 a.m.

When the Officer entered Wissink’s office, he found Furhman laying on his stomach and Wissink over him. He also noted a tourniquet on Wissink’s left arm and blood on Wissink’s right ear and neck.

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According to the DOJ, “Upon review of that evidence, given all the facts and circumstances presented in this incident, and applying those facts to applicable law, Officer Wissink’s decision to use deadly force was reasonable. Therefore, after careful review of all the evidence, the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office, through Assistant District Attorney Anthony S. Prekop, concludes that Officer Wissink’s use of force was justified.”

Fuhrman is scheduled to appear in court later this month. He is facing one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

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Oshkosh West student accused of stabbing officer files motion for change of venue

WEDNESDAY 3/11/2020 11:22 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh students charged with stabbing a school resource officer in Oshkosh last year has requested a change of venue for the remainder of his trail.

Court records show 16-year-old Grant Fuhrman appeared in Winnebago County Court on Wednesday. Fuhrman has been charged with one count of attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide for allegedly stabbing School Resource Officer Michael Wissink in the neck with a barbeque fork.

Fuhrman is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond and is scheduled to appear in court again at the end of March.

Oshkosh West student bound over for trial, waives prelim

THURSDAY 1/16/20 11:22 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — The Oshkosh student accused of stabbing School Resource Officer Michael Wissink waived his preliminary hearing and has been bound over for trial.

Court records show 16-year-old Grant Fuhrman is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide.

He is set to appear in court again in February.

$1M cash bond set for Oshkosh West student, complaint states suspect wanted to hold officer’s gun

WEDNESDAY 12/11/19 2:30 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — More information has been released on the 16-year-old Oshkosh student who allegedly stabbed School Resource Officer Michael Wissink.

16-year-old Grant Fuhrman is being charged with one count of attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide. Following a bond hearing at Winnebago County Court Wednesday afternoon, Fuhrman is being held on a $1 million cash bond and ordered to stay away from Officer Wissink, witnesses, and the school. Furhman is not allowed to possess dangerous weapons or firearms and is not allowed to use social media.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Local 5 has obtained a copy of the criminal complaint. Key accounts of the event can be read below:

According to the criminal complaint, multiple students came forward claiming to have seen a Snapchat story around 1:50 a.m. on December 3 saying “Today’s the Day” and “LOVE YOU.” In the lower-left corner of the post was a bitmoji image of a smiling male face with devil horns. Furhman also allegedly posted an Instagram photo on September 3 picturing him standing on some stairs, the caption read, “this kid not right.”

On the day of the incident, the complaint states after entering Officer Wissink’s office, Fuhrman asked Wissink to look up a record regarding a past incident involving shooting up cards with a BB gun in the Oshkosh area.

Furhman stated he did not want Wissink facing him so he stood behind the officer while both were facing the computer. That’s when Furhman allegedly pulled a two-pronged weapon, identified as a barbeque fork about 8-10 inches long, out his the waistband of his pants and stabbed Officer Wissink in the neck.

The complaint states another School Resource Officer who was at the high school at the time heard, “I need help now,” over his police radio. The Officer knew it was Wissink and that something bad had happened. He then heard, “Shots fired.”

A nearby teacher in a classroom also stated he heard three loud bangs between 9:05 and 9:10 a.m.

When the Officer entered Wissink’s office, he found Furhman laying on his stomach and Wissink over him. He also noted a tourniquet on Wissink’s left arm and blood on Wissink’s right ear and neck.

According to Officer Wissink’s account of the incident in the complaint, Wissink had told Furhman to get to class that morning, stating the Furhman was a hall wanderer and often where he wasn’t supposed to be. Wissink said that Furhman entered his office a short time later and asked him to look something up, he then stated he felt a blow and his “head got rocked.”

Wissink believes that had been hit at least five more times but he was able to get to his feet while Furhman was still swinging his arms at him. Wissink noticed Furhman had what he thought was a three-prong fork and that’s when he realized that he was getting stabbed.

In the complaint, Wissink stated that he moved toward the office door while Furhman was stabbing him. He attempted to deploy his Taser but was unable to get to it, so he drew his firearm.

Wissink went on to say that he and Furhman were “face to face” when he fired his weapon, which he remembers firing twice. According to Wissink, Furhman only stopped stabbing him when he was shot and that he believes Furhman planned the attack.

According to the Furhman’s account of the incident in the complaint, he had been taking Adderall since Kindergarten but had stopped taking it during Sophomore year and started again two to three weeks prior to the date of the incident. He stated that he was having “weird” thoughts that began on December 2, the evening before the incident at the high school.

Furhman also stated he had “bad thoughts” consistent with what happened at the school and that he kept thinking about how he wanted to take Officer Wissink’s gun and hold it. He stated that he started to make a plan on how to get Wissink’s gun, he also stated he had thoughts about getting Wissink’s gun by stabbing him in the neck.

In the criminal complaint, Furhman told officials he was not sure why he was having these thoughts but he wanted to get the gun and hold it in his hands. He went on to say that he didn’t know what he was going to do with it when he got it.

Furhman said that near the end of the altercation in Officer Wissink’s office he tried running out, but Wissink grabbed him by the sweatshirt and pulled him back into the office and onto the ground.

Furhman told officials that Officer Wissink was acting in self-defense because he was attacking him and there was nothing else that Wissink could have done. He went on to say he wanted Officer Wissink to know that it was nothing personal and he didn’t dislike him.

A Special Education Teacher with Oshkosh West High School, who teaches students in an Emotional Behavioral Disability program which Furhman was apart of, says Furhman did struggle with behavior in the classroom but had recently been doing better.

Furhman’s teacher and case manager also said in the criminal complaint that Furhman had been doing well and had opened up about some trouble he had been in. He also stated that he did not notice anything unusual about Furhman on the morning of December 3.

Oshkosh West school resource officer released from hospital

MONDAY 12/9/19 1:45 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Officer Michael Wissink, the school resource officer that reportedly shot an armed student at Oshkosh West High School last week, has been released from the hospital.

Officer Wissink was given a police escort home on Monday morning.

Oshkosh West families also received notice on Monday that a law enforcement magazine for a weapon was found in the snow outside the school. That magazine belonged to an officer who responded to last week’s incident without incident.

The Oshkosh Area School District says there were no viable threats to the school at any time.

Probable cause statement signed, Oshkosh teenager to remain in jail until hearing

FRIDAY 12/6/19 12:25 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — The teenager accused of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide in connection with an incident at Oshkosh West High School this week will be held in the Winnebago County Jail until a hearing is scheduled.

According to the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office, a probable cause statement has been signed.

There is no word yet on when the 16-year-old male will appear in court.

Local 5 will continue to provide updates as they become available.

16-year-old arrested in connection with Oshkosh West incident

THURSDAY 12/5/19 10:20 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — A 16-year-old Oshkosh male has been arrested following an officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West High School earlier this week.

Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz says the suspect was arrested by Special Agents of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, for Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and is currently being housed in the Winnebago County Jail.

Sheriff Matz says “The events at Oshkosh West High School on Tuesday 12-03-19 could be considered part of an epidemic, and that as a nation, most of us recognize something needs to change.”

The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time. Local 5 will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Officer identified in Oshkosh West shooting incident

WEDNESDAY 12/4/19 11:39 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – The officer injured during the incident at Oshkosh West High School has been identified as Oshkosh Police Department School Resource Officer Michael Wissink.

According to The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Officer Wissink has been an officer with Oshkosh Police Department for 21 years and has been a school resource officer since 2017.

DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Winnebago County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

DOJ says no other students, school staff members, citizens or law enforcement personnel were injured.

Officer shoots student after being stabbed at Oshkosh West High School

TUESDAY 12/3/19 3:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) — Governor Tony Evers has released a statement following an officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West High School.

“What happened in Oshkosh today hits especially close to home for Kathy and I—two of our kids graduated from Oshkosh West when our family lived in Oshkosh, and our hearts go out to all of the folks at Oshkosh West and the Oshkosh community as they grapple with today’s events.

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that in addition to today’s officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West, the Sparta School District is closed due to security threats, and that this happened just a day after we had another school shooting at Waukesha South. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again today—no kid should be afraid to go to school or be in the classroom, and no parent should be afraid to send their kid to school, either. The last two days tells us that we can’t keep pretending that this only happens in other communities or in other states—it’s happening here, too. We can’t just accept that violence in our schools is a foregone conclusion, and we have to get to work to do everything we can to keep our kids and our communities safe.”

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also commented, stating:

The incidents at Waukesha South and Oshkosh West remind us that we do not possess the capability to completely prevent someone from bringing a weapon to school. We should all be thankful, however, that larger tragedies may well have been averted due to training, and the swift and courageous action of students, teachers, school administrators, and armed school resource officers. This confirms that action can — and should — be taken to mitigate harm and limit casualties when weapons are brought into schools.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), tweeted: “It’s heartbreaking to know Wisconsin students are going on Snapchat to let loved ones know if they are safe at school. My thoughts are with their parents and my thanks go to the educators who do everything they can to keep our students safe.”

The shooting sent the suspect – a 16-year-old student of the school – and the school’s resource officer to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Oshkosh Police, school official give update on situation

TUESDAY 12/3/19 1:52 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Dean Smith, Chief of Oshkosh Police, says a student reportedly stabbed the school resource officer (SRO) during an altercation at Oshkosh West on Tuesday.

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Chief Smith said the 16-year-old student stabbed the officer following an altercation between the two in SRO’s office, causing the officer to then fire at the student, striking the student once.

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Chief Smith went on to say that a garbled call from the officer, who is also an Oshkosh Police Officer, came into the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at around 9:12 a.m.

Within two minutes, Chief Smith says the first responding officers arrived on scene and found the student and officer injured. Life-saving measures were executed and both individuals were transported to a local hospital.

Chief Smith says they believe those injuries are not life-threatening.

Chief Smith says 75 officers helped to secure the school and evacuate the students. He adds that the reunification between students and parents is expected to be completed at 2 p.m.

Police say they continue to investigate rumors that Oshkosh North will experience a similar situation. This rumor has not been confirmed, according to Chief Smith.

“This is a tragedy…together we’re going to come through,” says Chief Smith.

He adds that this was an isolated incident.

Some students were allowed to evacuate themselves as part of ALICE protocol with the school.

All Oshkosh Area schools will be closed on Wednesday. Information will be relayed to parents regarding counseling services.

Police say the incident is being turned over to the State Department of Criminal Investigations.

Officials to give an update on Oshkosh West officer-involved shooting

TUESDAY 12/3/19 12:47 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Officials are giving an update at 1 p.m. on the officer-involved shooting that took place at Oshkosh West High School Tuesday morning.

Watch it here:

Stick with Local 5 on-air and online for continuing coverage of this story.

Oshkosh Police, government officials respond to officer-involved shooting

TUESDAY 12/3/19 12:21 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Oshkosh Police spoke with Local 5 regarding the officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West High School.

Oshkosh Police Officer Kate Mann told Local 5’s Paul Evansen officials were dispatched to Oshkosh West at around 9:12 a.m. for the report of an officer-involved shooting.

“Upon arrival at this location, one student and one resource officer were involved in this incident. The student had a weapon and confronted the school resources officer and that’s when the shooting took place. Both the student and officer received injuries and were transported to a local hospital,” Officer Mann told Local 5.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said that this shooting, as well as Monday’s in Waukesha, “shows the need to invest in services to help troubled students and to limit their access to guns.”

Kaul went on to say the Department of Justice “will work with both districts on how to prevent future acts of violence.”

Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

“Less than 24 hours after the incident at Waukesha South High School, I am profoundly saddened to see my own friends, constituents, and neighbors having to come together to cope with an officer-involved shooting of a student at Oshkosh West. Our community is fortunate that no lives were lost today, and I am deeply appreciative of the staff and law enforcement who acted to keep our students safe. 

“As an elected leader, every day I feel the urgency of a public that is looking for answers and deserves leadership from their government officials on reducing incidents like this. I reject the premise that students today must simply learn to live with the constant prospect of terror and violence when they attend school, or go about their lives in any other public space. In Wisconsin and across the country, we are deserving of leaders who are willing to step up and address this growing public health crisis.”

Senator Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) released the following statement regarding the shooting:

“The safety and security of students and staff is one of my highest priorities. I am continuing to monitor this situation as it develops, the incident is being investigated by the State Department of Criminal Investigation. A student, armed with an unidentified weapon, confronted a school resource officer. The student and officer were both injured and transported to local hospitals. I am very thankful for the quick response from law enforcement at Oshkosh West High School. The school is currently locked down and parents can be reunited with their children at Perry Tipler Middle school. As a reminder, OASD parents must show photo ID when arriving to pick up students at Perry Tipler Middle School.”

A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. in which official will release more information.

Original story: Shots fired at Oshkosh West High School, suspect in custody

TUESDAY 12/3/19 9:57 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis (WFRV) — Oshkosh Police have confirmed an officer-involved shooting occurred at Oshkosh West High School Tuesday morning.

Police say a student was armed with a weapon and confronted a School Resource Officer. According to officials, the student and officer were both injured and transported to local hospitals.

Students were evacuated from the high school and sent to Perry Tipler Middle School where their parents may pick them up.

A parent told Local 5’s Millaine Wells, “West High School students are now being released to their parents at the reunification site at Perry Tipler Middle School. Parents must have a photo ID. For students that have vehicles at West High School, they will not have access to their vehicles at this time. There will be further information shared when it becomes available.”

The Oshkosh Area School District has released a statement to parents, saying, “Our number one priority is to keep our students safe at all times. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this process. There will be further information shared when it becomes available.”

COURTESY: Noel Parks

Police say the incident is being turned over to the State Department of Criminal Investigations.

We will continue to update this story on-air and online as more information becomes available.

Editor’s Note: The Associated Press has contributed to this story.

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