When an active shooter began wreaking havoc inside Dixon High School on Wednesday morning, Mark Dallas, a heroic school resource officer, confronted the shooter. When the gunman, a 19-year-old former student, attempted to run, Dallas gave chase, dodging shots and returning fire. Ultimately, the shooter, identified as Matt Milby, was stopped.
Dallas fired several shots at Milby as the incident took place, striking him in the upper shoulder, according to a report by Blue Lives Matter. Dallas was not harmed during the encounter.
Dixon, Illinois, Police Chief Steven Howell credited Dallas for his quick response, stating that the shooting could have turned out much different had the resource officer not intervened.
“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation,” said Howell. “With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on.”
“Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved,” he continued. “We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”
Governor Bruce Rauner also praised Dallas for his actions, saying in a tweet, “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.”
City Manager Danny Langloss, whose daughter attends classes at Dixon High School, stated that the community was “lucky” to have Dallas protecting the school.
“His brave actions saved a lot of lives,” said Langloss.
After the incident, Milby was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His injuries are described as non-life threatening.
No one else was injured during the shooting, and local law enforcement believes Milby acted alone.
Dixon High School had prepared for such a situation, previously taking place in active shooter drills.