Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

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

Dixon is located 100 miles east of Chicago. While officials described the gunman as a former student, the woman said her son still attended Dixon High School - but worked independently out of the principal's office. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bond.

The suspect was identified on Wednesday evening as Matthew A. Milby, according to Illinois State Police.

Officials identified the school resource officer who confronted a gunman at Dixon High School in IL on Wednesday as Mark Dallas. Milby ran away and out of the school. Dallas then pursued him, and the suspect opened fire. Milby did not injure the resource officer in the attack.

"Because of his heroic actions, countless lives saved", said Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell.

Police Chief Steven Howell said the officer confronted the suspect, a 19-year-old male who was a former student, near the school's west gym.

The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries. He is expected to recover.

"You see all of these shootings and all of a sudden it's here in your town", said Barabra Harney. People were laughing at first and then pandemonium broke out. "I think it was very courageous of him".

Howell said that students and staff at the school appeared to have acted coolly under stress during the incident. His comments were echoed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who in a statement credited "Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a unsafe situation".

"In addition to that, we need to take a look at what happened at the school", he said. Dixon Police, Dixon Fire, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF, and surrounding counties' law enforcement are now on the scene at the high school investigating the incident. "Well, my kid is laying up at the hospital shot".

"He's a community guy, and he's a family guy, and thank god he's the one that's in that school working", she said. "Thank God he didn't kill anyone else".

The officer, who resigned in the aftermath of the February 14 shooting, was slammed as a coward by President Trump after video surfaced showing him outside Marjory Stoneman High School during the massacre.

The names of the shooter and officer are not being released at this time.

"He's never had any motives for shooting, I've never known him to be an evil person, he was never bullied and never bullied others", he told the station. That eyewitness, who completed class courses in 2017 but will walk in graduation in 2018, says they were discussing caps and gowns when they heard loud pops.

"A lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have (gone) wrong", he said.

"He saved an enormous amount of lives", Lee County Sheriff John Simonton.

According to the North American Police Work Dog Association, Dallas is a former Dixon PD K-9 handler. He was placed on administrative leave, since he was involved in the shooting.

Dixon High School has been evacuated and all students have been reunited with their parents.

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