Potential school shooting stopped by armed resource officer

Gunman shot by cop after opening fire at high school

Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, exchanged shots with and disarmed a student who brought a gun to school in Illinois, Wednesday morning.

The suspect shot first at the school resource officer at Dixon High School before the officer returned fire, injuring him, City Manager Danny Langloss said in a statement. The gunman then fired several shots toward the officer, who shot back, wounding the suspect.

The suspect is now receiving medical treatment after being taken into custody.

At a news conference a few hours later, officials said they were pleased to discover that students had barricaded themselves into classrooms by blocking doorways with chairs, desks and other furniture. "Being able to think swiftly on your feet is more incredible to me", Simonton said. He says relationships built between law enforcement, emergency responders and the district were live-saving Wednesday.

Langloss says the gunman is in custody with what he describes as non-life-threatening injuries. "We are forever indebted to his bravery". Dixon High has been evacuated, and all Dixon schools are on lockdown while the investigation proceeds.

The shooter, who's name has not been released, is expected to survive.

All schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago have been placed on lockdown while the shooting is investigated.

Howell commended the quick response of the school resource office for his fast response.

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton praised the officer for his efforts, and said training by law enforcement with the school kept this situation from turning deadly.

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

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