Thursday, 16 August, 2018

School Resource Officer Credited with Saving Lives in Dixon High School Shooting

Dixon Ill. Officials say a police officer has shot and wounded a gunman at a northern Illinois high school 'Things could have gone much worse': Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 22:09

The officer was identified as a school resource officer, WQAD-TV reported.

Our sister station WLBK in DeKalb reports that a male subject exchanged gunfire with an officer at Dixon High School in Lee County on Wednesday morning.

Howell, Jr., said the names of the suspect and the school resource officer are not being released yet. The officer, whose name was not released by police, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said.

Officials said all schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago were placed on lockdown in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

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

The shooter, who was a former student of Dixon High School, opened fire this morning in the high school and then led officers on a chase.

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The school resource officer confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said.

Students and staff at the high school responded "extremely well" to the situation, Howell said, adding that the district has received police department training on how to respond to shooters.

The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries.

23 News has a crew on the scene and will be streaming the press conference live. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries". They must have an ID to pick up their child.

City manager Danny Langloss told Sauk Valley Media that students had been gathered in the gym for graduation practice when the shooting happened. The officer returned fire, striking the gunman, according to authorities.

Authorities say students did exactly as they were trained to do when a school resource officer and a former student exchanged gunfire at a northern IL high school. Police believe the suspect acted alone and they say there's no longer a threat to the public. No one else was hurt.

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