Shots rang out Wednesday morning at Dixon High School near the gymnasium where seniors were practicing for graduation. He confronted 19-year-old Matthew Milby, who had opened fire in the school, forcing him to flee and eventually hitting him in an exchange of gunfire. He said the officer confronted the former student near the school's west gym and, as he ran after him, the suspect fired several shots at the officer.
"With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on", he said.
A school resource officer shot Milby after the teenager fired several shots on the school grounds.
The suspect was taken to hospital and is receiving medical treatment, police chief Steven Howell said during a press conference. No one else was wounded in the incident.
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As one law enforcement officer noted in ABC's report, everything went right in this case, when a whole lot of things could have gone wrong. "We are deeply indebted to our officer and the actions he took today".
Police say more charges may be filed in the future. "Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved", Howell said. He will be transported to jail after he's released from the hospital, state police said.
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.
"Although we have some good gun laws in IL, apparently they don't go far enough to create safe communities in IL". But Dixon School Superintendent Margo Empen confirmed that he was eligible to graduate with his classmates and had not dropped out or been expelled. Thursday classes have been canceled at the high school, although seniors will return for graduation practice at 1 p.m. 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.
Dixon High School has been evacuated and all students have been reunited with their parents.
"I extend my deep gratitude to @DixonPolice, & the Officer on-site, for their swift action & for keeping our students & teachers safe, ' Kinzinger tweeted".