The Morning Bulletin - - WORLD -

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.

Pic­tures: AP

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...

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