Gunman Fatally Shot after Firing on Wis. Police from School Roof

Oct. 25, 2023
It's unclear why an armed man got up on the roof of a Germantown middle school and began firing at police officers after the suspect tried removing signs for disabled parking at the school.

Wisconsin police fatally shot an armed man who opened fire at officers from the roof of a middle school Monday.

The shooting happened at about 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School in Germantown, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the armed suspect's car broke down, and he took it to an auto repair shop near the school.

While the man was at the shop, he started behaving erratically and made his way to the middle school, where he began pulling down signs for disabled parking spots with a large ratchet tool. The man warned a groundskeeper to leave the area, and a 9-1-1 call was made.

By the time officers reached the scene, the man had made it to the school's roof. That's when the gunman began shooting before officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Police were uninjured in the shooting. Even though there were roughly 70 students and 20 adults in the school at the time, no one was hurt, and they were taken by buses to an elementary school.

Investigators had not determined a motive in the incident, and the man did not have an apparent connection with the school.

"We don’t believe he was targeting anything," said Police Chief Mike Snow during a news conference Tuesday.

The incident was the second fatal shooting to occur outside a Wisconsin school in a week.

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