‘HERO’ OFFICER SHOOTS GUNMAN
A POLICE officer at a northern Illinois high school was hailed as a hero this week for shooting and arresting a former student who fired on him in a hallway, while staff and seniors were meeting for a graduation rehearsal.
The 19-year-old former Dixon High School student suffered wounds that weren’t life threatening, according to police, who didn’t release his name.
The school resource officer, Mark Dallas, took the gunman into custody after shooting him. “He saved an enormous amount of lives,” Lee County Sheriff John Simonton said.
His comments were echoed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who in a statement credited “Dallas for his bravery and quick action” to immediately defuse a dangerous situation.
The shooting happened shortly after 8am while staff and students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal.
Police Chief Steven Howell Jr said several shots were fired near the auditorium, and Mr Dallas rushed to the area to confront the gunman.
Mr Howell said Mr Dallas chased the suspect after he fled from the school.
The suspect fired several shots at the officer, who returned fire, wounding the suspect and taking him into custody.
No one else was injured.
Parents wait to meet their children following a shooting at Dixon High School in Illinois on Wednesday, local time, when a 19-year-old former student opened fire on a police officer working there. The officer, Mark Dallas (pictured right), has been...