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‘Heroic’ resource officer hailed for stopping armed teen at high school, saving lives

Yahoo News

An Illinois school resource officer stopped an armed teenager at a high school this morning, according to the local police chief, who applauded the officer for saving “countless” lives.

When the 19-year-old suspect fired several shots this morning near a gym at Dixon High School, the school resource officer reported the incident to authorities and then confronted the gunman, Dixon police chief Steven Howell said at a news conference. 

When confronted, the suspect started running away, and the officer pursued him, Howell said. The suspect shot several rounds at the officer, and the officer then returned fire, hitting the gunman, the chief added.

PHOTO: People gather a short distance from Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., after a police officer confronted and injured an armed man at the school, May 16, 2018. (WLS)

The suspect was taken into custody with what’s believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

No students or staff were injured but the high school and all other schools in the district were placed on lockdown, Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said in a statement.

The police chief did not name the suspect but said he is a former student at Dixon High School, which is about 100 miles west of Chicago.

Dixon police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff, Langloss added.

PHOTO: A police car sits in front of Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., after a police officer confronted and injured an armed man at the school, May 16, 2018. (WLS)PHOTO: An ambulance sits in front of Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill., after a police officer confronted and injured an armed man at the school, May 16, 2018. (WLS)

Howell said he “could not be more proud” of the officer who ran toward the suspect and said his “heroic actions” saved “countless” lives.

The officer, whose name was not released by police, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said.

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 dangerous situation.”

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3 Responses to ‘Heroic’ resource officer hailed for stopping armed teen at high school, saving lives

  1. BMF says:

    Once in a while a cop will actually do something useful. That still doesn’t excuse any of their willingness to enforce unjust laws and otherwise oppress citizens.

  2. Peter says:

    Main Stream Media may have lead with this story but quickly went on to another topic. The ” equalizer ” did its job and the left leaning media now refuses to report it.
    I just wonder…how much ammo did the 19 year old have? Potentially what body count was avoided? And of course the assailants past.

  3. BuelahMan says:

    I’m sure it was the cop just wanting to kill somebody.

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