DIXON, Ill. - Officials say a police officer working at a northern IL high school shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him. The former student ran away and out of the school.
The officer, whose name was not released, is on paid administrative leave, per policy, police said.
During a chase, the shooter fired several shots at the resource officer who then returned fire, hitting the shooter. The suspect was the only person hurt in the incident, police said.
The man is being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder officials said. He is expected to recover. No Dixon High students or staff were injured in the incident. Chopper 7 HD was over the scene around 9:30 a.m. and captured video of students boarding buses to be reunited with family members, who were waiting for them at a local park. Dixon is located about 100 miles west of Chicago. The suspect fired at the officer, who shot back, injuring the gunman. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been. "The district has been receiving training on how to respond to these situations".
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"We have FOP staff in Dixon today and they will assist local authorities wherever possible while continuing to provide the counseling and support that we give to IL law enforcement officers involved in on-duty shootings".
UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon police expect to have a press conference at 11 a.m.in regards to the school shooting Wednesday morning. Lee County Sheriff John Simonton tells Sauk Valley Media he is a 19-year-old former student.
A police chief says a school resource officer saved lives when he confronted an armed 19-year-old former student at a high school in northern IL. The school resource officer pursued the subject. The investigation is ongoing.