Chief: Officer saved lives by facing school gunman

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

The police chief in this northwestern IL city says a school resource officer saved lives when he confronted an armed 19-year-old former student at the high school.

According to the City of Dixon Facebook page, "A Dixon Police Officer confronted an armed male subject at the Dixon High School at approximately 8 a.m. on May 16".

He was confronted by Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas, who chased him and shot him in the shoulder, authorities said. Howell declined to discuss why the former student brought a gun to the school.

"We have FOP staff in Dixon today and they will assist local authorities wherever possible while continuing to provide the counseling and support that we give to IL law enforcement officers involved in on-duty shootings".

Dixon is located 100 miles east of Chicago.

No students or staff were injured.

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The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries. No one else was wounded in the incident.

"I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation", said Police Chief Steven Howell. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him.

The shooting happened in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, according to the Sauk Valley online paper. Dixon High has been evacuated, and all Dixon schools are on lockdown while the investigation proceeds. "Because of his heroic action, countless lives were saved".

Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported.

An earlier account said the gunfire exchange took place in the gym.

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