Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Officer shoots armed former student at Illinois high school

Officer shoots armed former student at Illinois high school

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. While pursing the subject, the subject shot several rounds toward the school resource officer, at which time the officer returned fire and struck the suspect.

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

Howell, Jr., said the names of the suspect and the school resource officer are not being released yet.

The officer, who has been identified on social media as Officer Mark Dallas, will be placed on paid administrative leave as per police policy on shooting incidents.

The release reiterates the city manager's statement saying there were no injuries to students after the shooting. They say official confirmation has not been made.

In Maryland, a similar situation occurred when a school resource officer prevented a student from inflicting greater loss of life at Great Mills High School.

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The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of his wound, which did not appear to be life-threatening, Howell said. The press conference was streamed on Facebook by WQAD-TV.

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. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries".

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The shooting happened in the gym, where seniors, whose last day of school was Friday, were gathered for graduation practice, City Administrator Danny Langloss said. The officer returned fire, striking the gunman, according to authorities. He is in custody. No one else was hurt.

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.

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