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Mark Dallas hailed as hero after capturing armed former pupil at Dixon Excessive College in Illinois

DIXON, Ailing. — A police officer at a northern Illinois highschool was hailed as a hero Wednesday for capturing and arresting a former pupil who fired on him in a hallway whereas workers and seniors have been assembly for a commencement rehearsal.

The 19-year-old former Dixon Excessive College pupil suffered wounds that weren’t life threatening, in response to police, who didn’t launch his identify. The college useful resource officer, Mark Dallas, took the gunman into custody after capturing him.

“He saved an enormous amount of lives,” Lee County Sheriff John Simonton mentioned. His feedback have been echoed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who in an announcement credited “Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation.”

The capturing occurred shortly after eight a.m. whereas workers and college students have been gathered for a commencement rehearsal.

Police Chief Steven Howell, Jr., instructed reporters that the officer referred to as to report that he’d noticed an armed male on the faculty. He mentioned the officer confronted the previous pupil close to the varsity’s west fitness center and, as he ran after him, the suspect fired a number of pictures on the officer.

Howell mentioned the officer returned hearth, shot the suspect and took him into custody. Neither the officer nor anybody else on the faculty was injured. Police mentioned they imagine the gunman acted alone and that there was no additional menace to anybody within the space. Howell declined to debate why the previous pupil introduced a gun to the varsity.

“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation. With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on,” Howell mentioned. “Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”

When police searched the varsity they discovered that the college and college students had barricaded themselves inside by blocking the classroom doorways with desks, chairs and different furnishings — simply as that they had been educated to do.

“A lot of things went right today and many things could have gone wrong,” Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr., instructed reporters at a information convention exterior the varsity.

Officers mentioned all colleges within the metropolis about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Chicago have been positioned on lockdown within the rapid aftermath of the capturing. The opposite colleges re-opened after officers decided the gunman acted alone.

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