Neighbors praise Dixon High School resource officer, Mark Dallas

Posted May 17, 2018

"The quick, courageous actions of Dixon Police Department School Resource Officer Mark Dallas stopped the gunman and saved many lives", said IEA President Kathi Griffin.

During the chase, the suspect fired several rounds at the school resource officer.

Dixon High School and all Dixon public schools were placed on lockdown following the shooting. "While shots were ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged towards the suspect and confronted him head on", Howell said. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him. He's under police guard at KSB Hospital, where he's being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In its initial incarnation, the legislation more or less asked districts to replace resource officers with social workers and mental health professionals, but language was taken out that encouraged schools to phase out armed resource officers.

The officer, who resigned in the aftermath of the February 14 shooting, was slammed as a coward by President Trump after video surfaced showing him outside Marjory Stoneman High School during the massacre. "Because of his heroic actions, many lives were saved", Howell said.

The suspect is a 19 year old former student.

Information from the police department earlier in the day indicated the shooter was a former student.

In addition to Dallas' quick response to the shooting, Howell praised students and faculty for their actions during the attack.

The teenager was taken into custody near the school and is now under medical supervision.

In Maryland, a similar situation occurred when a school resource officer prevented a student from inflicting greater loss of life at Great Mills High School.

Matthew Milby came to the school about 8 a.m. and entered the foyer of Lancaster Gym, where about 150 seniors were getting ready to practice for Sunday's ceremony. She says Dallas is not only a standup officer but a standup man.

The gunman opened fire on an officer at the school, firing multiple rounds, officials said.

Responding officers found that students and staff had barricaded classroom doors with desks, bookcases and other objects as they learned in training, Howell said.