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19-year-old former student charged in Dixon High School shooting

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UPDATE (9:57pm) – The Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Milby with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.  More charges could be filed.

A 19-year-old former student was shot by a police officer after arriving at Dixon High School with a weapon this morning.

According to Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell at a press conference held earlier today, at approximately 8 a.m. an armed suspect fired several shots near the west gym. The school’s resource officer pursued the suspect who fired back toward the officer. The officer returned fire, injuring the shooter. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

No students or staff were injured.

Lee County Sheriff has confirmed the shooting suspect is 19-year-old Matt Milby.

The officer, who has been identified on social media as Officer Mark Dallas, will be placed on paid administrative leave as per police policy on shooting incidents.

Dixon High School is still on lockdown. The agency for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to assist.

Governor Bruce Rauner released a statement saying, “Today, we should all be very thankful to school resource officer Mark Dallas for his bravery and quick action to immediately diffuse a dangerous situation at Dixon High School.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after learning of a shooting incident this morning at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois:

“As we continue to gather more information about the shooting incident at Dixon High School this morning, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dixon Police Department, and especially the School Resource Officer (SRO) on-site, for their swift action today and for keeping our students, teachers, and our community safe.”

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