AMERICAN HERO: Officer 'CHARGED' at School Shooter Within Seconds

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

His comments were echoed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who in a statement credited "school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a risky situation". The officer returned fire and hit the suspect. Milby did not injure the resource officer in the attack.

"With shots ringing out toward the school, he charged toward the suspect head on", Howell said.

"Although we have some good gun laws in IL, apparently they don't go far enough to create safe communities in IL", said David Simpson.

An earlier account said the gunfire exchange took place in the gym.

DHS school resource officer Mark Dallas chased and shot Matt Milby in the shoulder this morning after the 19-year-old student opened fire in the school gym, which was filled with about 150 seniors rehearsing for graduation.

At a news conference a few hours later, officials said they were pleased to discover that students had barricaded themselves into classrooms by blocking doorways with chairs, desks and other furniture. "Then, all of a sudden, a teacher comes in and says, 'Go go go go!' and everybody floods out of the school, running over to pizzeria".

The suspect, who is a former Dixon High School student has been taken to police custody with non-life threatening injuries and is receiving medical treatment. Neither the officer nor anyone else at the school was injured. As the officer pursued the suspect, the offender fired several shots and the officer returned fire.

Howell praised the officer for saving lives. However, Superintendent Margo Empen told Sauk Valley Media the suspect was not expelled, did not drop out and was eligible to graduate with his class.

A potential school shooting in IL was thwarted on Wednesday (local time), after a school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who opened fire.

A bill sitting in the Illinois Senate would put a greater emphasis on having psychologists in schools rather than school resource officers, and a local legislator is saying that today's shooting at Dixon High School reinforced his vote against it.

The weightlifting coach then ran into the gym and alerted the students - who were all seated in the bleachers for graduation practice - to run and get to safety, Scott said.

Authorities haven't provided the gunman's name, the AP said.

Although police are declining to identify the shooter, multiple eyewitnesses identified Matthew Milby. "His courageous actions saved a lot of lives".

Dixon is located 100 miles east of Chicago.

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