Resource Officer Hailed as Hero for Stopping Gunman at High School

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This is Dixon Police SRO officer Mark Dallas, whom students are crediting with stopping an ex-student armed with a gun at Dixon High School this morning.

Authorities say students did exactly as they were trained to do when a school resource officer and a former student exchanged gunfire at a northern IL high school.

Milby, a former student of the high school, ran away and out of the school when he saw the resource officer right in front of him. Police say Dallas was shot at numerous times by the suspect during the incident but is unharmed. Authorities identified the school resource officer as Mark Dallas, who was hailed as a hero for his actions.

One man who made no mistake in recognizing the gunshot sounds was a school resource officer named Mark Dallas. Dallas then pursued him, and the suspect opened fire.

The suspect was taken into custody with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The last one was in Palmdale, California, on May 11 where one person was injured and a suspect was arrested.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner identified the officer as Mark Dallas, writing on Twitter, "We should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a risky situation".

Howell noted that when police arrived at the scene, students and teachers were found barricaded in their classrooms, blocking doors with desks and bookshelves.

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The incident comes three months after a school resource officer came under criticism for acting too slowly in the midst of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.

All schools in the city, in Lee County and about 80 miles west of Chicago, have been placed on lockdown while the shooting is investigated.

"In addition to that, we need to take a look at what happened at the school", he said. "Matthew told us he got beat up down here, they broke his jaw".

Regardless of your position on the debate about guns in America, it is undeniable that having a trained officer with a gun nearby was a blessing Wednesday at the high school.

Why was the school resource officer in the gymnasium?

A map shows where Dixon High School is located in relation to Chicago. "His courageous actions saved a lot of lives".

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