Now this is what I’m talking about. A hero school resource officer shoots an ex-student active shooter, prevents him from killing anyone at the school.
Here’s the story:
CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Officials say a police officer working at Dixon High School shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him Wednesday.
The incident began near the school’s west gymnasium about 8 a.m., according to officials speaking at a late-morning news conference.
Earlier in the day, City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered at the gym for graduation practice.
Dixon police Chief Steven Howell said the suspect, a 19-year-old former student, “fired several shots near the west gym.”
The school resource officer confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him.
The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody just west of the school, Howell said. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.
An earlier account said the gunfire exchange took place in the gym.
Sauk Valley Media said the sheriff identified the officer as school resource Officer Mark Dallas.
Howell praised the officer for saving lives. Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellanno Jr. also praised the officer’s response.
“From the angle I’m looking at right now, at lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have (gone) wrong,” he said. “Things could have gone much worse.”
Authorities have not provided the gunman’s name.
The Police Department released this photo of Mark Dallas:
The governor of Illinois was quick to praise Dallas for his heroic efforts:
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.— Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) May 16, 2018