News conference from authorities after shooting at Dixon High School


Mark Dallas, 50, is being hailed a hero after shooting a 19-year-old gunman, Matt Milby, who opened fire Wednesday morning at Dixon High School in IL.

An armed student has been injured by a school resource officer after an exchange of fire at a school in IL.

The police chief said the suspect initially fired several shots near the school's gymnasium, where he was soon confronted by the resource officer.

"A tragedy was averted today in Dixon because a police officer put his life on the line to protect his fellow citizens", Roselieb said. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. also praised the response of the officer.

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon High School says students are being bused from The Armory to Al Morrison baseball field.

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The resource officer pursued the man who then exited the school. The suspect's injuries are not life-threatening, and no one else was injured. The suspect is receiving medical treatment and is in custody. Police Chief Steven Howell told the Chicago Tribune that the suspect "fired several shots near the west gym". Dallas then returned fire and hit the suspect. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been.

Dixon police could not comment or confirm if there was a shooting, all they could say is there is no public threat and no threat to students.

Authorities haven't provided the gunman's name. Dixon is located about 100 miles west of Chicago. "Because of his heroic actions, many lives were saved", Howell said.

Multiple sources identified the alleged shooter as Matt Milby, who was a senior at Dixon High until he was expelled recently.

Dixon police believe that the shooter acted alone and that students are now safe.