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  • Police cars appear outside Dixon High School Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Dixon, Ill. Officials say a police officer has shot and wounded a gunman at a northern Illinois high school. The Dixon city manager Danny Langloss says police confronted a former male student with a gun on school property about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Langloss says the gunman shot at an officer who returned fire and hit him. He is in custody with what Langloss described as non-life-threatening injuries. (Rachel Rogers/Sauk Valley Media via AP)

  • An emergency vehicle appears outside Dixon High School Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Dixon, Ill. Officials say a police officer has shot and wounded a gunman at a northern Illinois high school. The Dixon city manager Danny Langloss says police confronted a former male student with a gun on school property about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Langloss says the gunman shot at an officer who returned fire and hit him. He is in custody with what Langloss described as non-life-threatening injuries. (Rachel Rogers/Sauk Valley Media via AP)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:00 pm

Officer saved lives by facing school gunman

 

DIXON, Ill. -- 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 Illinois.

Police Chief Steven Howell said at a news conference that the officer shot and wounded the lone gunman at Dixon High School about 8 a.m. Wednesday. No one else was hurt.

Howell says the former student fired several shots near the school gymnasium and ran away when the officer confronted him. He says the teenager turned and shot at the officer, who then returned fire.

Howell praised the officer for saving lives. He says the gunman is in custody with non-life-threatening injuries.

City manager Danny Langloss told Sauk Valley Media that students had been gathered in the gym for graduation practice when the shooting happened.