Police Officer Brings Down Teen Gunman Who Opened Fire at Illinois High School


A police officer brought down gunman at an Illinois high school on Wednesday morning after the suspect opened fire.

The 19-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released, is reportedly a former student of Dixon High School where the incident took place around 8 a.m.

School resource officer Mark Dallas confronted the gunman near a gym on campus where students had gathered for a graduation rehearsal, The Daily Mail reported.

The suspect ran away and Dallas gave chase.

The gunman fired multiple times at the officer, who returned fire, wounding the suspect.

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No students were hit during the melee. The shooter has been taken to an area hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

All Dixon public schools were placed on lockdown following the shooting, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.

Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell said when his officers arrived, they found students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms, blocking doors with desks and bookshelves.

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The high school was evacuated and parents were advised to pick up students at a baseball field across from the campus.

Howell hailed Dallas’ actions, saying he saved “countless lives.”

“With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on,” Howell said. “Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. echoed the praise.

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“A lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have gone wrong,” he said. “Things could have gone much worse. We are deeply indebted to our officer and the actions he took today.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tweeted, “Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation at Dixon High School.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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