Good Guy with Gun Intervenes, Shoots Alleged Gunman on High School Campus
17 May, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Jason Torres
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. The former student ran away and out of the school. The suspect is in custody and is receiving medical treatment. No one else was hurt.
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.
The student and officer were not immediately named.
The incident at Dixon High School also resulted in area schools being put on soft lock down for the sake of safety.
Lockdown has been lifted at the other schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago.
The teen gunman, whose name has not been released, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. He said shots had been fired near the high school gymnasium.
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The shooting happened in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, according to the Sauk Valley online paper.
Police say the former student acted alone and there's no further threat to the public.
The officer, who has been identified on social media as Officer Mark Dallas, will be placed on paid administrative leave as per police policy on shooting incidents.
In March, a police officer posted at a Maryland high school shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who had opened fire on two fellow students.
Parents have been instructed by the school district to pick up children at a baseball field roughly a half mile from the school. The officer fired back, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody.
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