Illinois student shot after pulling gun on school officer

By Sara Shayanian  |  May 16, 2018 at 1:24 PM
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May 16 (UPI) -- A student was shot at an Illinois high school Wednesday after he began firing at a security officer, authorities said.

Dixon, Ill., Police Chief Steven Howell said the student fired several times at the officer near the school's west gym.

The male student was injured in the exchange. His injuries are not life threatening.

No one else was hurt in the shooting, officials said. Schools in the district were placed on lockdown for a short time.

"I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation," Howell said. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on."

The student and officer were not immediately named.

"I extend my deep gratitude to Dixon Police, and the officer on-site, for their swift action and for keeping our students & teachers safe," Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger said in a tweet.

Dixon is located 100 miles east of Chicago.

Wednesday's shooting comes less than a week after a 14-year-old boy was arrested for shooting a student at a high school north of Los Angeles.

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