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.
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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.”
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.