New details are emerging over the potentially deadly school shooting in Dixon, Illinois Wednesday, with local police confirming the school officer “charged towards the suspect” after he opened fire near the gymnasium.
Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell commended the officer at a press conference Wednesday, saying his “heroic actions” saved countless lives at the Dixon High School earlier that day.
“I could not be more proud of the police officer. Because of his heroic actions, many lives were saved,” Howell said.
“With shots ringing out in the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on,” he added. “We are forever indebted to his courage and bravery.”
Eyewitness accounts say the suspected shooter attempted to flee the scene after opening fire; but was shot and apprehended after being chased outside the school.
The identities of the school officer and the 19-year old suspect have not yet been released.
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Armed Officer STOPS School Shooting in Illinois
A potential disaster was averted Wednesday morning after an armed officer shot a would-be school shooter at Dixon High School in Illinois; thwarting the attack before the gunman could reach other students.
The suspected gunman reportedly arrived at the local high school at approximately 8:00am, engaged the officer who returned fire, and was subsequently taken into custody.
A local journalist posted the report on social media within minutes, writing “School shooting at Dixon High School. School resource officer confronted a high-school aged gunman. That teen fired, and the resource officer fired back and hit the gunman. The resource officer was not hit. All Dixon schools now on lock down.”
BREAKING: School shooting at Dixon High School. School resource officer confronted a high-school aged gunman. That teen fired, and the resource officer fired back and hit the gunman. The resource officer was not hit. All Dixon schools now on lock down.
— Courtney Gousman (@cgousman) May 16, 2018
“[Dixon City Manager] Langloss said he believes the suspect acted alone and that there are not further threats to student safety,” writes Time Magazine. “Dixon is a central Illinois city about 100 miles west of Chicago. Dixon public schools remain on lockdown.”
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Armed School Officer TAKES DOWN Shooter, Saves Lives
A lone gunman was shot and killed Tuesday morning after opening fire at a southeast Maryland high school; being stopped by a heroic armed security officer who engaged the shooter within seconds.
According to Fox News, the suspect is the only fatality; with one male and one female student injured during the ordeal.
“Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.”
The armed guard’s actions prevented the likely deaths of countless students and staff, and highlights President Trump’s recent push to “harden” America’s schools from future mass shootings.
The Commander-in-Chief called for armed teachers and more security guards in the wake of last months’ deadly attack on a south Florida high school; saying “We have to harden our schools, not soften them. A gun free zone to a killer, that’s like going in for ice cream.”