Brady Esser Biography
Brady Esser was named as the officer at Waukesha South High School who shot a 17-year-old boy who refused to put a gun down on Monday, December 2, 2019. Police said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon the gun was a pellet gun. Initially, reports indicated that the officer who shot the student was a school resource officer, but those reports were inaccurate.
— Mike De Sisti (@mdesisti) December 2, 2019
Brady Esser, a sergeant from the Waukesha Police Department, ran to a classroom on Monday, December 2, 2019 where a 17-year-old student had a gun. The student refused to leave the gun and aimed at the officers, which caused Esser to fire. Then, the police rushed to give first aid to the student. He was transferred to a hospital for treatment, and was in stable condition.
“We have it at gunpoint,” said an officer in the police scanner. “He won’t take his hands out of his pocket.”
Brady Esser Encounter with Student
Officials said the SRO received information the suspect had a gun in the classroom — and that he had pointed it at a student’s head. The SRO and a detective were able to get to the classroom — and the remaining teacher and students were able to evacuate the room. While the detective was speaking with the suspect, officials say the suspect pulled a gun from his hoodie and pointed it at the officers. The detective, identified as Sgt. Brady Esser (an 11-year veteran of the Waukesha Police Department), discharged his weapon based on the imminent threat the suspect posed.
Brady Esser Waukesha North High School Shooting
According to the USA Today, Waukesha police reported that, on Monday, December 2nd, 2019, at approximately 10:07 a.m., a student “reported that a male student was reported to have brought a handgun to school and was currently in possession of this handgun. The School Resource Officer immediately responded to the classroom. The SRO made efforts to secure the classroom by getting other students to safety.” The suspect, a 15-year-old male, was taken into custody without incident. A facsimile firearm was located hidden in the residence. Nobody was injured during the evolution of the incident.
What was the suspect’s motive? Capt Dan. Baumann told reporters, “He was angry.” Baumann clarified later saying he was angry with another student — the one who he had pointed the weapon at.
While classes resumed on Tuesday, this incident clearly shook the community. Some students are still opting to stay home.
“I’m getting a little bit better now, but some of my friends are not going to school,” said Alexis Bell, a junior.
Capt. Baumann also said there was no connection between this incident at Waukesha South High School — and an incident that unfolded at Waukesha North later in the day.
Brady Esser Shooting Investigation
An independent police investigation will determine whether Brady Esser acted within the protocol when he shot the 17-year-old student. The shooting will be investigated by the Milwaukee Area Investigation Team, with the Greenfield City Police Department as the Main Agency, according to a statement from the Waukesha Police Department. The statement also said that preliminary, it seemed that Esser was acting within the protocol. The statement read: “The Milwaukee Area Investigation Team, with the City of Greenfield Police Department as Lead Agency, is conducting the investigation.”