Another win for the good-guy-with-a-gun. A teenager armed with a gun walked onto his high school campus today and was confronted by the school’s armed resource officer. When the boy opened fire on the officer, the officer took him down. There were no other injuries. The shooting, which began just after 8:00 a.m. this morning, was over as quickly as it began.
Officer Mark Dallas at Dixon High School in Illinois is being celebrated for his role in stopping the shooting, the Daily Mail reports. The suspect he shot was acting alone, police say, and had not shot at other students.
Lee County Sheriff’s Department reports that the gunman is a 19-year-old former student.
Students were evacuated as a precaution, and bused to a local baseball field. The incident reportedly took place in the school’s gym, where seniors had gathered to rehearse for graduation.
“We’re lucky the officer was there,” City Administrator Danny Langloss said. “His brave actions saved a lot of lives.”
“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,” Illinois governor Bruce Rauner added.
The shooter, who has not been named, was not killed in the incident. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition is unknown, but his injuries are not considered life threatening.
“A Dixon Police Officer confronted an armed male subject at the Dixon High School at approximately 8:00 am on May 16, 2018,” the Dixon Police Department posted on Facebook.
“Preliminary investigation shows the suspect shot at the police officer, the officer returned fire, and the suspect was injured.”
“His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. The suspect is in custody and is receiving medical treatment. No students or staff were injured in the incident.”
“The Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown.”
“Dixon Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.”
This is a developing story, and well bring more details as soon as information becomes available.
Here’s video from the scene: