Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School

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An armed student has been injured by a school resource officer after an exchange of fire at a school in IL. The school resource officer is a member of the Dixon Police Department. The officer confronted the suspect, who exited the school and began running westbound on Armory Drive. No Dixon High students or staff were injured in the incident. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken into custody.

The officer, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said.

Officer Dallas of #DPD is a hero.

Howell commended the quick response of the school resource office for his fast response. The agency for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to assist. Nobody was hit in the initial gunfire, and an unidentified school resource officer was able to pursue and confront the suspect, said Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell.

A school resource officer is being hailed as a hero after confronting a gunman at an IL high school Wednesday morning, officials say.

Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School
Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High School

Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss says in a release that a male suspect shot at a school resource officer inside the school around 8 a.m.

Howell said he "could not be more proud" of the officer who ran toward the suspect and said his "heroic actions" saved "countless" lives.

"From the angle I'm lookjing at right now, at lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have (gone) wrong", he said. "While removing students from the various classrooms, officers found that the staff and students had barricaded doors to the classroom with desks, bookcases and other objects per the training that they had received".

Police say the former student acted alone and there's no further threat to the public.

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

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