Madison police arrest student who allegedly had loaded gun in backpack at Madison West High School

Tyrese T. Williams' mugshot
Dane County Sheriff's Office

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police have arrested a student who allegedly had a loaded gun in his backpack at Madison West High School Tuesday morning.

According to a statement from the Madison Metropolitan School District, school officials received information from the community that a student might have had a firearm in school at 9:55 a.m. The school never went on lock down, but the statement said response protocols were “immediately put into place.”

Officials said a school resource officer was able to make contact with the student and found a firearm after searching his backpack. The officer confiscated the weapon, and the student was arrested and escorted out of the building.

“This is a very serious situation and very unfortunate,” said MMSD spokesperson Tim Lemonds. “However, one thing that we can take away from today was everything worked. Everyone did what they were supposed to. We continuously tell our kids if you see something, say something, and that is what happened today, and we were able to respond quickly enough to address the issue.”

Police said Tyrese T. Williams, 18, was later arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm in a school zone.

Madison police is handling the investigation, while school officials will follow up with school consequences.