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Police officer shoots armed suspect at Dixon High School

Police officer shoots armed suspect at Dixon High School

A suspect is in custody after allegedly exchanging gunfire with a school resource officer at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois, according to a media release from Dixon city manager Danny Langloss, as reported by WQAD 8. Upon entering the school, the suspect fired at Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, hitting him.

A police chief says a school resource officer saved lives when he confronted an armed 19-year-old former student at a high school in northern IL.

Howell said the subject fired several shots near the west gym. The high school remains the only school on lockdown.

The shooting happened in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, according to the Sauk Valley online paper. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on", Howell said. 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.

The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said. The school resource officer confronted the shooter who then ran out of the school. "Dixon public schools remain on lockdown". His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. "His courageous actions saved a lot of lives", said Langloss, whose daughter was among the seniors in the gym. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave per policy.

Federal and state officials also responded to the scene in Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago.

"No students or staff were injured in the incident", the city statement added. "It's certainly a horrific event, however it could have been a lot worse".