HERO COP: Armed officer credited with saving ‘countless’ lives after man opens fire at Illinois high school

Dixon, Ill. — Dixon police school resource officer Mark Dallas is being credited with stopping a student armed with a gun at Dixon High School this morning.

A 19-year-old male who had recently been expelled from the school was shot and wounded by Dallas at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning after the man appeared at the school and opened fire.

The suspect, identified as Matt Milby, is now in police custody.

“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation,” Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell said at a news conference following the incident. “With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on.”

“Because of his heroic actions countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery,” Howell added.

All Dixon Public Schools were initially placed on lockdown, but only the high school remained locked down late Wednesday morning.

No other injuries were reported.

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