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Officer hailed for confronting gunman at high school

Officer hailed for confronting gunman at high school

A 19-year-old who showed up at his former high school in northern IL and opened fire on a police officer working there was shot by the officer and taken into custody Wednesday morning.

A 19-year-old man who is a former Dixon High School student is arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning at the school. Preliminary investigation shows the suspect shot at the police officer, the officer returned fire, and the suspect was injured.

Officials said all schools in the city about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago were placed on lockdown in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

Dixon police could not comment or confirm if there was a shooting, all they could say is there is no public threat and no threat to students.

The suspect is being treated for injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. The shooter fired at the officer several times. The officer confronted the suspect, who exited the school and began running westbound on Armory Drive. A school resource officer is being called a hero after exchanging gunfire with the shooter. The officer, whose name was not released by police, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on", Howell said.

Earlier in the day, City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered at the gym for graduation practice.

"I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation".

Officials say a police officer working at a northern IL high school shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him.

At a news conference a few hours later, officials said they were pleased to discover that students had barricaded themselves into classrooms by blocking doorways with chairs, desks and other furniture. "We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery".

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton also lauded the officer's actions, saying he saved an "enormous amount of lives in the school today".