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A former student was brought down by police after opening fire on his old Illinois high school on Wednesday morning.
The 19-year-old suspect, who has not been named, was shot as he ran away from school resource officer Mark Dallas after opening fire near the west gym at Dixon High School at 8.06am.
The article goes on to state the following:
He is in hospital receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.
When he opened fire, seniors were gathering near the gym to take part in a rehearsal for graduation.
At 8.06am, the gunman fired ‘several’ rounds on the campus. It is not clear where Dallas was stationed at the time but he was able to confront the shooter quickly, Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell said.
After confronted, the shooter started running westbound off the school’s campus.
Dallas gave chase. As he ran, the shooter turned and fired several shots at the cop but missed. That was when Dallas drew his gun and shot him.
”Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved, and we are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”
-Chief of Police Steven Howell
— Dixon Police (@DixonPolice) May 16, 2018
Full press release reference this morning’s shooting: pic.twitter.com/4oNknjF3Aq
— Dixon Police (@DixonPolice) May 17, 2018
Excellent job by @DixonPolice Officer Mark Dallas who bravely stopped a gunman inside an Illinois high school today. Officer Dallas ran toward the gunfire, engaged the suspect, & ended the threat. He did this without hesitation—saving countless lives.
Cops Count, Police Matter pic.twitter.com/2I89fZ4452
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) May 17, 2018
Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation at Dixon High School.
— Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) May 16, 2018
Another example of the brave work performed by law enforcement each and every day. Lives were saved thanks to the heroic actions of school resource officer Mark Dallas. #PoliceWeek https://t.co/RNPuJTX6sF
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 17, 2018
We salute the courageous and swift actions of the @DixonPolice Officer to protect the students of Dixon High School and community of Dixon. You are a Hero in every sense of the word.
— Moline Police (@MolinePolice) May 16, 2018
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