Police officer confronts armed man at IL high school; no students injured

Officials say a police officer working at a northern IL high school shot and wounded a former student who fired a gun at him. According to WQAD 8, the city's media release said the officer returned fire after the suspect shot at him; the release said the officer shot the suspect, who is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Howell said the subject fired several shots near the west gym. All other Dixon schools are on lockdown as of this report.

The incident occurred in the gym, where seniors were gathered for graduation practice, City Administrator Danny Langloss said. "With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head-on", Howell said.

Howell, Jr., said the names of the suspect and the school resource officer are not being released yet.

Officials are not confirming the identity of the suspect, but multiple sources tell Sauk Valley News that the shooter is Matt Milby, a former student who was recently expelled from the school. The suspect then ran away, and shot back at the officer, who had pursued after him.


Dixon High School is still on lockdown. He says when officers went inside the school, students and staff had barricaded the doors to the classroom in an effort to keep an intruder out.

The Associated Press reports the shooting happened in the school's gymnasium around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The officer was not injured, nor was anyone else, Langloss said.

Parents have been instructed by the school district to pick up children at a baseball field roughly a half mile from the school.

Howell said there is no further threat to the school and police are confident the gunman acted alone.

  • Tracy Klein