Police Chief Steven Howell said at a news conference that the officer shot and wounded the lone gunman at Dixon High School about 8 a.m. Wednesday.
"As we continue to gather more information about the shooting incident at Dixon High School this morning, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dixon Police Department, and especially the School Resource Officer (SRO) on-site, for their swift action today and for keeping our students, teachers, and our community safe". The man was shot and then taken into custody. Rep Adam Kinzinger was briefed on the situation by Lee County Sheriff John Simonton.
Sauk Valley Media says Milby was recently expelled from the school. The officer returned fire, injuring the shooter. While all Dixon public school were put on lockdown earlier in the day, only Dixon High School remains on lockdown. Howell said the officer ran toward the shots, coming face-to-face with a 19-year-old former student holding a gun.More news: Tottenham prepared to reject all approaches for Chelsea target Pochettino
The officer, who has been identified on social media as Officer Mark Dallas, will be placed on paid administrative leave as per police policy on shooting incidents. "While removing students from the various classrooms, officers found that the staff and students had barricaded doors to the classroom with desks, bookcases and other objects per the training that they had received".
The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said.
UPDATE 9:14 a.m.: On the Dixon High School's website they have a banner at the top of the page alerting parents they can pick up their children. Students and staff were quickly evacuated from the campus.More news: Android Malware apps are returning on Play Store under a different name
No one else was hurt during the shooting.
Langloss says the gunman is in custody with what he describes as non-life-threatening injuries.More news: Revamped, AI-powered Google News app goes live on Android, iOS