Officer being called hero after stopping Dixon school shooter

'Things could have gone much worse': Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School

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One person has been shot in IL by the Police after that person opened fire on officers at Dixon High School, about 102 miles west of Chicago early Wednesday morning, according to Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss. Upon entering the school, the suspect fired at Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, hitting him.

A police resource officer is being credited with stopping a potential school shooting in IL. The officer returned fire, injuring the shooter.

Earlier in the day, City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered at the gym for graduation practice. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. expressed gratitude for the outcome and praised the officer.

'Things could have gone much worse': Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School

The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said.

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No students, staff or other members of the community were injured during the episode, Howell said. Dixon High has been evacuated, and all Dixon schools are on lockdown while the investigation proceeds.

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The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

The shooting happened in the Dixon High School gymnasium at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Police believe the suspect acted alone.

Dixon is a central IL city about 100 miles west of Chicago. "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".

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