A potential school shooting in central IL ended when a school resource officer shot and wounded an armed former student who opened fire Wednesday morning.
The police chief did not name the suspect but said he is a former student at Dixon High School, which is about 100 miles west of Chicago.
Dixon officials say the school resource officer who returned fire is Mark Dallas.
It was not clear whether the suspect was a student at the school, and officials did not immediately respond to calls for further comment.
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 risky situation at Dixon High School". At that point, Howell, Jr., said, the subject was confronted by the school resource officer. The officer was identified as a school resource officer, WQAD-TV reported.
Dixon High School remains on lockdown. The suspect then ran away, and shot back at the officer, who had pursued after him. The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave per policy. The suspect is receiving medical treatment and is in custody.
"The students and staff responded to the situation extremely well", Howell, Jr.
Students have been reunited with their families.
UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon police expect to have a press conference at 11 a.m.in regards to the school shooting Wednesday morning.
Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered in the school gymnasium for graduation practice when the gunfire exchange occurred. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him, head on", Howell said.
Dixon police believe the suspect acted alone and there is no further threat to public.
UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Lee County Sheriff's Office has just sent a release saying the school has been evacuated. "All staff and students are safe, no injuries".
Parents can pick their children up at the baseball field at Page Park.