Dixon Police Chief: Officer Saved Lives

May 16, 2018


  DIXON, Ill. - A police chief says a school resource officer saved lives when he confronted an armed 19-year-old former student at a high school in northern Illinois.

    Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell says the officer shot and wounded the lone gunman at Dixon High School about 8 a.m. Wednesday. No one else was hurt.

 Howell says the former student fired several shots near the school gymnasium and ran away when the officer confronted him. He says the teenager turned and shot at the officer, who then returned fire.

   Howell praised the officer for saving lives. He says the gunman is in custody with non-life-threatening injuries.

     City manager Danny Langloss says students had been gathered in the gym for graduation practice when the shooting happened.