Armed School Resource Officer Shoots Student Who Open Fired At School

'Things could have gone much worse': Former student is shot by officer during gunfire exchange at Dixon High School

BREAKING: Sauk Valley Media reports Dixon shooter is former student Matt Milby

A gunman has been shot by a police officer after opening fire at a high school.

Authorities first got reports of an armed man on campus just after 8 a.m., police Chief Steve Howell said. He added that the suspect's wounds were not life-threatening, that no one else was hurt and that the suspect was in police custody. According to the administration at AFC Schools, when they were made aware of the situation, the school went on soft lock down and they had been contacted by administration in Sterling that they were also on soft lockdown. No students or staff were injured, thanks to the actions of the officer, Howell said. Dallas chased him when he ran outside, trying to shoot a police officer.

High school students are being bused from The Armory to the Page Park baseball diamonds.

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"While removing students from the various classrooms, responding officers found the staff [and] students had barricaded the doors to the classrooms with desks, bookcases and other objects", Howell said.

The school resource officer confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said. WATCH: Chopper 7 HD over Dixon High SchoolWhile police were quick to say there was no further threat to people in the area after the shooting, Dixon Public Schools remained on lockdown for some time.

The suspect is now in custody, with Dixon PD saying they believe that he acted alone, and that there is no further threat to the public.

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"Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved".

The incident on Wednesday was "horrific", Simonton said. "And from what I've been told. they did exactly what we asked them to do during the training". "It's certainly a horrific event, however it could have been a lot worse".

According to Sauk Valley, Milby was a senior at Dixon High School but was recently expelled, and thus not graduating with the rest of his class.

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A map highlighting the city of Dixon, which is in Northern Illinois.

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