Sauk Valley Media reports Dixon shooter is former student Matt Milby

Posted May 17, 2018

A 19-year-old former student was shot by a police officer after arriving at Dixon High School with a weapon this morning. According to WQAD 8, the city's media release said the officer returned fire after the suspect shot at him; the release said the officer shot the suspect, who is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspected shooter was a student at Dixon High School. The shooter was taken into custody.

Simonton echoed Howell, adding that "the school resource officer saved an enormous amount of lives today".

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The former student who was shot is believed to have sustained non-life threatening injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, Howell said. That teen fired, and the resource officer fired back and hit the gunman.

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. No one else was hurt. "Dixon Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff", Dixon officials said in a statement on Facebook.

City manager Danny Langloss says students were gathered there for graduation practice when the officer exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

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Dixon High School is still on lockdown.

The shooting happened in the Dixon High School gymnasium at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. "His fearless actions saved a lot of lives", said Langloss, whose daughter was among the seniors in the gym. Dixon is located about 100 miles west of Chicago.

Parents have been instructed by the school district to pick up children at a baseball field roughly a half mile from the school.

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