Suspect shot at IL high school shooting

Suspect shot at IL high school shooting

Suspect shot at IL high school shooting

Officials say a police officer working at a northern IL high school shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him.

The officer encountered the 19-year-old former student armed with a gun at Dixon High School around 8 a.m., Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell said.

The suspect, a former Dixon High student, ran and the officer chased after him.

There is a debate over school resource officers/armed guards at schools. The gunman opened fire at the officer, who returned fire and wounded the suspect. His injuries are non-life threatening.

The shooter, who's name has not been released, is expected to survive.

Howell praised the officer for saving lives.

According to the city of Dixon website, the school resource officer position was started by the Dixon Police Department in 2000 to help prevent school violence.

"No students or staff were injured in the incident", the city statement added.

Students have been reunited with their families.

City manager Danny Langloss says students were gathered there for graduation practice when the officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

23 News has a crew on the scene and will be streaming the press conference live.

"A Dixon Police Officer confronted an armed male subject at the Dixon High School at around 8 a.m. Wednesday". No students or staff were injured. All other Dixon schools are on lockdown as of this report.

Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported.

The suspect was arrested and being treated for his injuries. He is in custody. No one else was hurt. He believes the suspect acted alone and that there are not further threats to student safety.

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