Officer being called hero after stopping Dixon school shooter

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The man is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder officials said. Preliminary investigation shows the suspect shot at the police officer, the officer returned fire, and the suspect was injured.

UPDATE: 11:53 a.m. EDT-The shooting at Dixon High School in IL took place on Wednesday morning inside the school's gym, where students were gathered to practice for graduation, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing City Manager Danny Langloss.

Kinzinger thanked the school resource officer in a statement released Wednesday: "As we continue to gather more information about the shooting incident at Dixon High School this morning, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dixon Police Department, and especially the School Resource Officer (SRO) on-site, for their swift action today and for keeping our students, teachers, and our community safe". The suspect was shot and is now in custody. "When shots rang out through the hallway of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on and because of this heroic action, countless lives were saved".

Howell also praised the response of students and staff who followed training by sheltering in place and barricading classroom doors with bookcases and desks, Howell said. More schools need an armed resource officer and more massacres can be prevented. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him. He said he thinks authorities may be releasing the name and age of the person in custody during the media event. While all Dixon public school were put on lockdown earlier in the day, only Dixon High School remains on lockdown.

All schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago have been placed on lockdown while the shooting is investigated.

"The students and staff responded to the situation extremely well", Howell, Jr.

"It could have been a lot worse", Simonton said.

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