Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Former student shot, wounded after bringing gun to Dixon High

Dixon High School seniors return for graduation rehearsal one day after shooting Dixon High School seniors return for graduation rehearsal one day after shooting
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 21:43

A 19-year-old man who is a former Dixon High School student is arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning at the school.

The suspect was taken into custody with what's believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment.

An Illinois school resource officer stopped an armed teenager at a high school this morning, according to the local police chief, who applauded the officer for saving "countless" lives.

The school resource officer confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said.

No students or staff were injured but the high school and all other schools in the district were placed on lockdown, Langloss said. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him. The suspect was transported and received medical attention.

The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave per policy.

No students or staff were injured during the incident. While all Dixon public school were put on lockdown earlier in the day, only Dixon High School remains on lockdown.

Students have been reunited with their families.

Howell, Jr., said the names of the suspect and the school resource officer are not being released yet.

The shooting incident began near the school's west gymnasium about 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials speaking at a late-morning news conference.

City manager Danny Langloss says students were gathered there for graduation practice when the officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

He said that students and staff responded to the situation extremely well.

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said during the press conference that the school resource officer saved an enormous amount of lives today.

The School unification point will be at the baseball fields in Page Park.