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‘Heroic’ Illinois officer guns down school shooter

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A police officer stored many lives at an Illinois top school when he shot a former scholar who opened fireplace on campus, say government.

Officials say Dixon police officer Mark Dallas exchanged gunfire with the unidentified 19-year-old suspect, who was once prior to now expelled.

Neither the officer nor any scholars have been harm in Wednesday morning’s disagreement at Dixon High School.

The suspect was once taken to health center with non-life threatening accidents.

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The incident came about at 08:00 native time on the school – which is set 100 miles (160km) west of Chicago – as scholars have been rehearsing for his or her impending commencement rite.

After firing a number of photographs in a school hallway, the suspect – named in native media as Matt Milby – ran out of doors the construction the place he was once faced by way of the officer.

A gunfight broke out, and the previous scholar was once injured and brought into custody.

Authorities have now not specified the suspect’s reason or intentions.

Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell stated: “I may now not be extra pleased with the police officer. Because of his heroic movements, many lives have been stored.

“With photographs ringing out within the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and faced him head on.”

As the school was once put on lockdown, scholars barricaded study room doorways with bookcases and desks, the executive added.

Brandon Stehl, a scholar who was once within the fitness center, told Sauk Valley Media he to start with idea the gunfire was once a prank.

“This is one thing I by no means idea would occur. I want it wasn’t actual,” he stated.

Another scholar, Brianna Johnson, advised the newspaper of the suspect: “He gave the impression of a in reality great child, however then the entirety modified and he was once offended and top at all times.”

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr stated: “Numerous issues went proper lately and lots of issues will have long gone incorrect.”

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner took to Facebook to reward the officer.

In March, the school celebrated Officer Dallas’ birthday with a tweet.

Ronald Reagan, the 40th US president, graduated from Dixon High School in 1928.

Meanwhile, a school useful resource officer who failed to stop a mass capturing at a top school in Parkland, Florida, in February is choosing up a beneficiant pension.

Scot Peterson, who was once assigned to give protection to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is receiving $eight,700 (£6,450) a month in retirement bills, state officers disclosed on Wednesday.

Seventeen other people died as he lingered out of doors the construction along with his gun drawn whilst the capturing – additionally allegedly by way of an expelled former scholar – spread out.

Florida Department of Management Services spokeswoman Nina Ashley stated that as a result of Mr Peterson has now not been charged with against the law, they’re not able to vary his pension bills.

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Andrew Pollack, the daddy of a slain scholar who’s suing the officer, expressed his anger concerning the pension on Wednesday.

“He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered! How in the hell is he getting this?” he tweeted.

“That money should go to actually securing our schools.”

Fred Guttenburg, whose daughter, Jaime, was once killed on the school, additionally took to Twitter, writing: “This infuriates me in tactics other people can not comprehend.

“My daughter would nonetheless be alive if this individual did his task.”

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