Officer Shoots Student Who Opened Fire at Illinois High School

Officer Shoots Student Who Opened Fire at Illinois High School

A police chief says a school resource officer saved lives when he confronted an armed 19-year-old former student at a high school in northern IL. The officer returned fire and injured the suspect, the City of Dixon said in a Facebook post about the incident.

It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment. At that point, Howell, Jr., said, the subject was confronted by the school resource officer. This report was put out by the resource officer assigned to the school.

The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said.

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The officer, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said. While all Dixon public school were put on lockdown earlier in the day, only Dixon High School remains on lockdown.

Officials are not confirming the identity of the suspect, but multiple sources tell Sauk Valley News that the shooter is Matt Milby, a former student who was recently expelled from the school.

Authorities had not yet released the identity of the suspect, who was undergoing medical treatment for minor injuries.

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No students or staff were injured. Chopper 7 HD was over the scene around 9:30 a.m. and captured video of students boarding buses to be reunited with family members, who were waiting for them at a local park.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon police expect to have a press conference at 11 a.m.in regards to the school shooting Wednesday morning.

Simonton echoed Howell, adding that "the school resource officer saved an enormous amount of lives today". "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on", Howell said.

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Dixon Police believe that the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.

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