Neighbors praise Dixon High School resource officer, Mark Dallas

Howard TerryMay 17, 2018

The school's resource officer approached the gunman who then fled on foot.

People gather a short distance from Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., after a police officer confronted and injured an armed man at the school, May 16, 2018. 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.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect fired several shots near a gymnasium, Howell said.

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.

Following the incident, neighbors of Dallas said he gave the community a sigh of relief, saving dozens of kids.

Howell said the officer returned fire, shot the suspect and took him into custody. Dallas was not harmed in the exchange of gunfire, but Milby received non-life-threatening injuries.

No one else was hurt in the shooting, officials said.

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

"With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head-on", he said.

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.

This isn't the first story of an SRO's heroic actions stopping a school shooting this year.

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. also praised the response of the officer.

Police have not released the name of the shooter, but Sauk Valley Media and several other media sources have identified him as Dixon High School Senior Matthew Milby. "Then, all of a sudden, a teacher comes in and says, 'Go go go go!' and everybody floods out of the school ..." "His fearless actions saved a lot of lives". "We are forever indebted to his courage and bravery". Dixon High School remained the only school on lockdown shortly after 11 a.m., though all students had been reunited with their parents, Howell told WMAQ. All other Dixon schools are on lock down as the shooting is investigated. At a press conference, he told reporters the school had recently held active shooter training drills, and students knew to barricade doors and take cover as a result of that training.

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