Police in Wisconsin shot and killed an armed teenager outside a middle school on Wednesday, according to a statement from school officials.

The Mount Horeb Area School District said that the assailant “did not breach entryway” at Mount Horeb Middle School and that there were “no reports of individuals being harmed, with the exception of the alleged assailant.”

“The threat has been neutralized outside of the building,” the statement said. “Law-enforcement is circulating throughout the middle school to confirm the safety of all students.”

A local ABC affiliate said that the suspect was a 14-year-old who approached the school with what appeared to be a long gun.

Bomb technicians were investigating the car that the suspect drove to the scene to see if there were explosives in it.


“Due to safety precautions taken by our Schools, the shooter was never able to enter the building,” said Mount Horeb Village president Ryan Czyzewski and Mount Horeb Chamber Board chair Kara Brandemuehl in a joint statement. “The collaboration and coordination between our community’s first responders and School District exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and dedication.”

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Governor Tony Evers said that he had been updated about the incident and that he was “grateful for the first responders who are working quickly to respond.”

“I’ve been in contact with local school district officials to extend my full support for students, educators, staff, and their families as they grapple with what has undoubtedly been a scary and traumatic day for everyone involved,” he said. “As additional details and information become available and first responders continue their important work, the state remains ready to do whatever we can to support the school district and the greater community.”


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