Dixon High School shooting: DHS students call ex-classmate, shooter a 'troublemaker'

Armed Suspect Injured in Exchange of Gunfire With Police at Dixon High School

UPDATE: Suspect injured after armed confrontation with officer at Dixon High School

A student was shot at an IL high school Wednesday after he began firing at a security officer, authorities said.

The suspected gunman reportedly arrived at the local high school at approximately 8:00am, engaged the officer who returned fire, and was subsequently taken into custody. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on".

Dixon police could not comment or confirm if there was a shooting, all they could say is there is no public threat and no threat to students. Dixon is located about 100 miles west of Chicago.

No students or staff were injured during the incident. He was taken into custody and treated for his wound, which city officials said was not life-threatening. All other Dixon schools are on lockdown as of this report.

Howell praised the officer for saving lives.

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The incident occurred in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, City Administrator Danny Langloss said. The male was believed to be a 19-year-old former student at the school, Lee County Sheriff John Simonton told Sauk Valley Media.

"The officer's actions at the high school will be closely scrutinized, but the simple fact is, nobody but the gunman was hurt today, and keeping students and teachers safe is the primary job for school resource officers". He says the teenager turned and shot at the officer, who then returned fire. Howell says because of his actions, there were no injuries to students, staff and the public.

The teenager was taken into custody near the school and is now under medical supervision.

Dixon High School was evacuated and parents are now being allowed to pick-up their children.

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