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Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

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Andrew Cummings | 17 May, 2018, 00:29

A police officer assigned to an IL high school shot and wounded a male suspect who had brought a gun to the school on Wednesday morning, authorities in the city of Dixon said.

Police say a 19-year old former student entered the school with a gun and fired shots near the gym, where graduation practice was taking place.

"With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on", he said. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. He said the names of the officer and the suspect are not being released.

Simonton echoed Howell, adding that "the school resource officer saved an enormous amount of lives today". Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown.

At a news conference a few hours later, officials said they were pleased to discover that students had barricaded themselves into classrooms by blocking doorways with chairs, desks and other furniture.

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Students have been reunited with their families.

Authorities first got reports of an armed man on campus just after 8 a.m., police Chief Steve Howell said. Around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, the suspect was reportedly confronted by a school resource officer. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries".

Reports say that multiple sources say Milby was recently expelled from the school.

Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported. Then, the officer was able to fire back at the alleged shooter, hitting him, according to Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss. He is in custody. No one else was injured. He believes the suspect acted alone and that there are not further threats to student safety.

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