"As we continue to gather more information about the shooting incident at Dixon High School this morning, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dixon Police Department, and especially the School Resource Officer (SRO) on-site, for their swift action today and for keeping our students, teachers, and our community safe", Kinzinger, R-Channahon, said in a 10 a.m. release. The suspect allegedly opened fire on police causing the officer to return fire. Chopper 7 HD over Dixon High SchoolDixon Police Chief Steven Howell Jr. said the officer called emergency responders, around 8 a.m.
Sauk Valley Media reports the former student involved in a shooting Wednesday morning is Matt Milby. The officer fired back, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody.
Armed school resource officers have been in the headlines since the February 14 massacre of 17 teens and educators at a Parkland, Florida, high school, where an on-duty resource officer did not confront the gunman. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on", Howell said.
A male armed with a gun opened fire on an officer at Dixon High School in IL on Wednesday morning.
The officer, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said. He was taken into custody and treated for his wound, which city officials said was not life-threatening. "While removing students from the various classrooms, officers found that the staff and students had barricaded doors to the classroom with desks, bookcases and other objects per the training that they had received".
Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported. No students or staff were injured, thanks to the actions of the officer, Howell said. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect. No one else was hurt.
Howell said there is no further threat to the school and police are confident the gunman acted alone.