Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment.

A 19-year-old who showed up at his former high school in northern IL and opened fire on a police officer working there was shot by the officer and taken into custody this morning. The school's resource officer pursued the suspect who fired back toward the officer.

City manager Danny Langloss told Sauk Valley Mediathat students had been gathered in the gym for graduation practice when the shooting happened.

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All Dixon schools are on lockdown while the investigation proceeds; a news conference will be held later today. "His courageous actions saved a lot of lives". He was taken into custody and treated for his wound, which city officials said was not life-threatening. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on". It is unclear whether the incident took place inside the school or outside the building. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries". The officer returned fire and hit the suspect.

WQAD 8 reports that no one else was injured during the armed confrontation. He was placed on administrative leave, since he was involved in the shooting. More schools need an armed resource officer and more massacres can be prevented. Police believe the suspect acted alone and they say there's no longer a threat to the public.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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