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Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

17 May, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Gunman shot by cop after opening fire at high school

The suspect's name has not been released, but Lee County Sheriff John Simonton told Sauk Valley Media he is a 19-year-old ex-student. Official confirmation has not yet been made.

The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody just west of the school, Howell said.

According to the City of Dixon Facebook page, "A Dixon Police Officer confronted an armed male subject at the Dixon High School at approximately 8 a.m. on May 16". That resource officer, who is not named at this time, confronted the suspect.

He is now in police custody and is receiving medical treatment. When officers arrived at the school, they found classrooms were barricaded with bookshelves and desks, as students and staff have been trained to do in active shooter situations.

Governor Bruce Rauner released a statement saying, "Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a risky situation at Dixon High School". The Dixon High School and all Dixon public schools have been put on lockdown.

Earlier in the day, City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered at the gym for graduation practice.

At the end of the news conference, Dixon School District Superintendent Margo Empen thanked law enforcement and the community for their support, and to parents, students and staff for their bravery. They must have an ID to pick up their child. The officer was not injured, nor was anyone else, Langloss said. That's when the officer fired back, hitting and injuring the gunman.

The suspect in the shooting, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was arrested at the scene. He is in custody.

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