DEVELOPING: Gunfire Reported At Illinois High School

It is being reported that a police officer and an armed man exchanged gunfire outside of Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois.

After the man was recognized as armed, a police officer confronted him. According to a report from ABC News, the armed man shot first at the police officer. When the officer returned fire, he injured the man and ended the exchange.

As ABC News reports, “the suspect was taken into custody with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Per the report:

The armed man first shot at the Dixon police officer at about 8 a.m. at Dixon High School in Dixon, about 100 miles west of Chicago, Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said in a statement.

No students or staff were injured but the high school and all other schools in the district were placed on lockdown, Langloss said.

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

As Chicago Tribune reports, the armed suspect was identified as a man who is a teenager or a young adult, but it is not believed that the shooter is a current student.

WQAD reports the armed suspect is a teenager and former student of the school:

A subject brought a gun to Dixon High School and was shot by a school resource officer this morning, according to a media release sent by City Manager Danny Langloss. Sauk Valley Media is reporting that the suspect is a 19-year-old former student of the school.

The shooting happened around 8:00 a.m. when a confrontation between the subject and a school resource officer resulted in an exchange of gunfire. According to the release, the officer returned fire after he was shot at, injuring the subject. The student’s injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Here’s more:

The Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown. Dixon Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff. Multiple police agencies are on scene.

The incident has also forced the closure of Peoria Avenue.

The Dixon school district has instructed parents to pick up their students at the Al Morrison Baseball field. They must have an ID to pick up their child. Students were originally taken to the nearby Armory following the incident and are being bused to the baseball field.

H/T: Twitchy


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