SRO shoots gunman at Ill. high school

SRO shoots gunman at Ill. high school

SRO shoots gunman at Ill. high school

When the 19-year-old suspect fired several shots this morning near a gym at Dixon High School, the school resource officer reported the incident to authorities and then confronted the gunman, Dixon police chief Steven Howell said at a news conference.

The man is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder officials said.

It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment. When he got there, he fired shots at the resource officer on duty, hitting him. All Dixon Public Schools were initially placed on lockdown, but only the high school remained locked down late Wednesday morning.

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

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Dixon High School remains on lockdown.

The officer, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said.

The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said.

He is now in police custody and is receiving medical treatment. No students or staff were injured in the incident.

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Students have been reunited with their families.

The suspect fled the school and the officer pursued him, Howell said.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon police expect to have a press conference at 11 a.m.in regards to the school shooting Wednesday morning.

City manager Danny Langloss says students were gathered there for graduation practice when the officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries". Howell, Jr., said they also believe there is no further threats to staff or students, or community.

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