The name of a man accused of firing gunshots at a high school is now known.
Milby was charged late Wednesday with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated discharge at a school employee and aggravated discharge at a school building. A Lee County judge set bond at $2 million. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been.
Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas is a 15 year veteran of the Dixon Police Department and has 24 total years of law enforcement experience and had been assigned as the Dixon High School Resource Officer for the past 5 years. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect.
The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries. The officer was uninjured. But Dixon School Superintendent Margo Empen confirmed that he was eligible to graduate with his classmates and had not dropped out or been expelled.
"Although we have some good gun laws in IL, apparently they don't go far enough to create safe communities in IL", said David Simpson.
Officials say that Dallas chased the suspect from the school which led to the pair exchanging gunfire. Dixon, Ill., is about 100 miles west of Chicago. The suspect, identified as a 19 year old former student, fired several shots near the gym.
Police Chief Steven Howell Jr. said several shots were fired near the auditorium, and Dallas rushed to the area to confront the gunman. Julie Milby, the alleged shooter's mother, said her son was ostracized at school and left to finish his credits outside of class. He says the teenager turned and shot at the officer, who then returned fire.
Howell praised the officer for saving lives.
"We're lucky the officer was there", said City Administrator Danny Langloss, the father of a student who was in the gym.
A potential school shooting in IL was thwarted on Wednesday (local time), after a school resource officer shot and wounded a former student who opened fire.
A student with a gun walked into the gymnasium at Dixon High School, where his classmates were practicing for graduation Wednesday morning.
Milby, a former student of the high school, ran away and out of the school when he saw the resource officer right in front of him. He says neither the officer nor anyone else was injured.