Officer hailed for confronting gunman at high school

'Things could have gone much worse': Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School

Officer Mark Dallas shot and injured the 19-year-old gunman at Dixon High School and took him into custody Wednesday morning. The officer returned fire, injuring the shooter.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect fired several shots near a gymnasium, Howell said.

He is in hospital receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton praised the officer for his efforts, and said training by law enforcement with the school kept this situation from turning deadly.

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During a press conference, Dixon police Chief Steve Howell said the former student fired several shots near the west gym in the high school.

Officer Dallas of #DPD is a hero.

The School unification point will be at the baseball fields in Page Park. Officials do not believe the shooter was a current student. "We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery".

An emergency vehicle appears Wednesday outside Dixon High School.

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A resource officer may have prevented a massacre after a 19-year-old former student allegedly brought a gun inside an IL school and opened fire.

According to Sauk Valley, Milby was a senior at Dixon High School but was recently expelled, and thus not graduating with the rest of his class. His courageous actions saved a lot of lives, ' he said. The name of the officer is also not being released. Police said they believe the gunman acted alone and that there was no further threat to anyone in the area.

The teenager was taken into custody near the school and is now under medical supervision. Then he added: "However, it could have been a lot worse".

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