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Armed Resource Officer Takes Down School Shooter in Illinois


An armed school-resource officer prevented what could have been a massacre at a central Illinois high school Wednesday by shooting and subsequently disarming a 19-year-old former student.

The suspect reportedly arrived at Dixon High School around 8 a.m. and opened fire on school-resource officer Mark Dallas, Dixon city manager Danny Langloss said in a statement to WQAD-TV.

The shooting occurred in the school gym, where seniors were gathering for graduation practice, according to

“We’re lucky the officer was there. His brave actions saved a lot of lives,” said Langloss, whose daughter was in the gym.

The student is now in custody and is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No other students or school personnel were injured. Dayton police believe the suspect acted alone and there are no further threats.

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