A police officer working at Dixon High School (Dixon is about 100 miles west of Chicago) on Wednesday shot a former student who fired a gun near the school’s gym and later tried to shoot the officer, officials said.
The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody just west of the school, Howell said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. No one else was injured.
Howell and other officials praised the officer for saving lives.
“He saved an enormous amount of lives,” Lee County Sheriff John Simonton.
Gov. Bruce Rauner in a statement credited “school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action.”
According to WGN-TV, a woman who identified herself as the gunman’s mother told reporters: “My son has been very, very sad for a long time.”
She said her son was bullied and ostracized at school, and was beaten up in October. She said she doesn’t know know where her son got a gun, according to WGN.
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