Illinois School Resource Officer Protects Kids, Kills Active Shooter

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DIXON, Illinois — A police officer working at Dixon High School on Wednesday shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun near the school’s gym and later tried to shoot the officer Wednesday, officials said.

The incident began about 8 a.m., according to officials speaking at a late-morning news conference. Students had gathered at the gym for graduation practice.

Dixon police Chief Steven Howell said the suspect, a 19-year-old male, “fired several shots” near the gym.

The school resource officer, identified as Mark Dallas, confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him.

The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody  . . . Continue reading