Published: Thu, May 17, 2018

Dixon High School shooting: IL gunman shot by police resource officer

Dixon High School shooting: IL gunman shot by police resource officer

Sauk Valley Media said the sheriff identified the officer as school resource officer Mark Dallas.

A potential disaster was averted Wednesday morning after an armed officer shot a would-be school shooter at Dixon High School in IL; thwarting the attack before the gunman could reach other students.

A student, allegedly 19-years old, brought a gun at Dixon High School, Illinois on Wednesday.

He is now in police custody and is receiving medical treatment. The school resource officer confronted the shooter who then ran out of the school. He says the gunman is in custody with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooter, who's name has not been released, is expected to survive. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. expressed gratitude for the outcome and praised the officer. Local police said they believe the suspect was acting alone and haven't advised of any further threats to the school or area, but Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools are still on lockdown as a safety precaution.

Students have been reunited with their families.

"While removing students from the various classrooms, responding officers found the staff [and] students had barricaded the doors to the classrooms with desks, bookcases and other objects", Howell said.

Authorities first got reports of an armed man on campus just after 8 a.m., police Chief Steve Howell said.

23 News has a crew on the scene and will be streaming the press conference live.

The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody just west of the school, Howell said.

Parents were told to go to the baseball fields in Page Park, across the street from Dixon High School, to pick up their children.

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