The shooting happened around 8 a.m. when a confrontation between the subject and a school resource officer resulted in an exchange of gunfire, according to a statement from Dixon's city manager. His injury was not considered life-threatening.
The officer, who was not injured, was hailed a hero for his quick response protecting students and staff who had gathered at Dixon High School for a graduation rehearsal. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. expressed gratitude for the outcome and praised the officer.
Dixon officials say the school resource officer who returned fire is Mark Dallas. Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown. The gunman then fired several shots toward the officer, who shot back, wounding the suspect.
Officials are not confirming the identity of the suspect, but multiple sources tell Sauk Valley News that the shooter is Matt Milby, a former student who was recently expelled from the school.
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The suspect was taken into custody, Howell said. According to the administration at AFC Schools, when they were made aware of the situation, the school went on soft lock down and they had been contacted by administration in Sterling that they were also on soft lockdown. No students or staff were injured.
'Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a risky situation at Dixon High School, ' he said. "All Dixon schools now on lock down". Per USA Today, agents from the ATF's Chicago and Rockford, Ill., offices have been sent to Dixon to assist with the investigation.
The suspect was arrested and being treated for his injuries.
Parents must bring an ID to pick up their child. He is in custody. No one else was wounded in the incident.