Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Armed School Resource Officer Shoots Student Who Open Fired At School

Investigators say school resource officer Mark Dallas sprang into action pursuing the suspected gunman 19-year-old former student Matthew Milby Investigators say school resource officer Mark Dallas sprang into action pursuing the suspected gunman 19-year-old former student Matthew Milby
Sammy Stanley | 16 May, 2018, 23:14

A male armed with a gun opened fire on an officer at Dixon High School in IL on Wednesday morning.

His comments were echoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner who, in a statement, credited "school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a risky situation". The officer fired back, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. No students or staff were injured in the incident.

Officials are not confirming the identity of the suspect, but multiple sources tell Sauk Valley News that the shooter is Matt Milby, a former student who was recently expelled from the school.

Officer Dallas of #DPD is a hero.

Howell also praised the response of students and staff who followed training by sheltering in place and barricading classroom doors with bookcases and desks, Howell said.

Officials said all schools in Dixon were placed on lockdown in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The agency for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to assist.

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Preliminary investigation shows the suspect shot at the officer and the officer then returned fire.

A 19-year-old man who is a former Dixon High School student is arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning at the school.

"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. "Because of his heroic actions countless lives were saved". City officials, however, said a "school unification point" was being set up at the baseball fields in Page Park where parents could pick up children.

Dixon Police said they believed there was only one suspect and that there was no further threat.

The incident occurred in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, City Administrator Danny Langloss said.

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