Subject shot by school resource officer at Dixon High School

Subject shot by school resource officer at Dixon High School

A Dixon Police Officer shot and injured a former Dixon High School Student who allegedly brought a gun to the school Wednesday morning.

The alleged gunman is expected to survive.

There are no other injuries.

Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell says the suspect went into the high school and fired shots in the west gym, where students were practicing for graduation, and was confronted School Resource Officer Mark Dallas.

The suspect fled and allegedly fired at Dallas who returned fire and injured the suspect who was then arrested.

Students and teachers had barricaded themselves into classrooms using desks and other furniture.

Students have been reunited with parents, but the high school remains on lock down as the investigation into what happened continues.

Lee County Sheriff Jon Simonton praised the school resource officer for his actions.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for the investigation.

Lee County State’s Attorney Matt Klahn will be working with law enforcement on the case.

Dixon Public Schools Superintendent Margo Empen thanked law enforcement, students, staff, and parents for their bravery.

She also thanked law enforcement for training school staff to respond active shooter situations.

Audio in this story is courtesy of WCMY sister station WIXN Dixon.