Police shoots down armed man at Dixon High School, Illinois

Dixon High School, Illinois

Local authorities have reported of a gun exchange between a male suspect who had brought a gun to Dixon high school on Wednesday morning and a police officer assigned to the school.

City Manager, Danny Langloss, in a statement said the suspect shot first at the school resource officer at Dixon High School before the officer returned fire, injuring him.

He added that the suspect’s wounds were not life-threatening, that no one else was hurt and that the suspect was in police custody.

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It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment.

Armed school resource officers have been in the headlines since the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 teens and educators at a Parkland, Florida, high school, where an on-duty resource officer did not confront the gunman.

In a related development earlier in March, a police officer posted at a Maryland high school shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who had opened fire on two fellow students.

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All schools in Dixon were placed on lockdown, but Langloss said police believe the suspect acted alone and that there was no further threat.

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