Police chief says officer saved lives by facing school gunman


The suspect then shot at the officer, who returned fire and injured the male, who was arrested. At that point, he was confronted by a school resource officer.

The school, along with all other Dixon Public Schools, was placed on lockdown Wednesday. In Illinois, a school resource officer prevented a potentially tragic event, chasing a would-be shooter, a former student, from Dixon High School.

In regard to the students and teachers, Simonton said they were prepared and that they did exactly what we asked them to do.

The names of the shooter and officer are not being released at this time.

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Neither the suspect's name nor the name of the officer who shot the suspect was released.

Langloss says the gunman is in custody with what he describes as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Chief Steven Howell said at a news conference that the officer shot and wounded the lone gunman at Dixon High School about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

He was injured, but his wounds are not believed to be life-threatening, according to KCRG.

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The officer, who has been identified on social media as Officer Mark Dallas, will be placed on paid administrative leave as per police policy on shooting incidents.

Howell praised the school resource officer, saying he "could not be more proud" of him.

Officials say a police officer working at a northern IL high school shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him. "When shots rang out through the hallway of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on and because of this heroic action, countless lives were saved".

Dixon Police believe that the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.

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"While removing students from the various classrooms, responding officers found the staff [and] students had barricaded the doors to the classrooms with desks, bookcases and other objects", Howell said. "We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery".