Danny Langloss, Dixon City Manager tweeted "So grateful for the heroic actions of the Dixon police officer who stopped the armed gunman at Dixon high school".
A preliminary investigation found that the suspect fired several shots near a gymnasium, Howell said. The former student ran away and out of the school. The officer fired back, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody.
The officer was not injured, nor was anyone else, Langloss said. The suspect was the only person hurt in the incident, police said.
SaukValley.com reports that the student is in custody with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He is expected to recover.
Dixon Police believe that the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff. 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 High School and all Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown. Detectives are now trying to learn more about the man who opened fire and why he brought a gun to the school.
When we contacted the Dixon Police Department, they said they could not confirm or deny the report. "The district has been receiving training on how to respond to these situations".
At a news conference a few hours later, officials said they were pleased to discover that students had barricaded themselves into classrooms by blocking doorways with chairs, desks and other furniture.
Lee County Sheriff John Simonton also lauded the officer's actions, saying he saved an "enormous amount of lives in the school today".
The officer encountered the 19-year-old former student armed with a gun at Dixon High School around 8 a.m., Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell said. Howell says the officer is being placed on paid administrative leave at this time.