Officer being called hero after stopping Dixon school shooter

Dixon High School in Dixon Ill. Dallas a school resource officer at the northern Illinois high school was hailed as a hero Wednesday

A police officer assigned to an IL high school shot and wounded a male suspect who had brought a gun to the school on Wednesday morning, authorities in the city of Dixon said.

It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment. Howell said the officer ran toward the shots, coming face-to-face with a 19-year-old former student holding a gun.

Authorities say students did exactly as they were trained to do when a school resource officer and a former student exchanged gunfire at a northern IL high school. This report was put out by the resource officer assigned to the school. The suspect shot several rounds at the officer, and the officer then returned fire, hitting the gunman, the chief added.

The suspect in the shooting, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was arrested at the scene.

Authorities had not yet released the identity of the suspect, who was undergoing medical treatment for minor injuries. The high school remains the only school on lockdown. Howell says the officer is being placed on paid administrative leave at this time.

No students or staff were injured during the incident.

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The suspect fled the school and the officer pursued him, Howell said. "A lot of things went right today, when a great many of them could have gone wrong", Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. said at a press conference Wednesday.

City manager Danny Langloss says students were gathered there for graduation practice when the officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Lee County Sheriff's Office has just sent a release saying the school has been evacuated.

He said that students and staff responded to the situation extremely well.

Parents were being told to pick up their children at nearby Al Morrison Baseball Field, WQAD reported.

Dixon Police said they believed there was only one suspect and that there was no further threat.

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