School resource officer Mark Dallas of the Dixon, Ill., police department shot an ex-student at Dixon High School Wednesday morning preventing potential loss of life at the school after the ex-student opened fire on him. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on", said Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell in a press conference Wednesday.
"The quick, fearless actions of Dixon Police Department School Resource Officer Mark Dallas stopped the gunman and saved many lives", said IEA President Kathi Griffin. The suspect then ran away and fired a shot at the pursuing officer, according to the police chief, who added that the officer returned fire and wounded the suspect. Howell says the officer is being placed on paid administrative leave at this time.
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There is a debate over school resource officers/armed guards at schools. "Because of his heroic actions countless lives were saved".
Authorities had not yet released the identity of the suspect, who was undergoing medical treatment for minor injuries. He says the gunman is in custody with non-life-threatening injuries. No students or staff were injured in the incident. Dixon is located about 100 miles west of Chicago. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. expressed gratitude for the outcome and praised the officer. Dixon Public Schools officials said students were being bused from the Illinois Army National Guard Armory near the school to the fields. The suspect's name has not been released, but Lee County Sheriff John Simonton told Sauk Valley Media he is a 19-year-old ex-student. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect. No one else was injured. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been.