A school resource officer in Illinois is being hailed as a hero after he successfully subdued an armed intruder who fired several shots near a crowded gymnasium.
In stark contrast to the massacre in Parkland, Florida, Dixon High School Resource Officer Mark Dallas proved yesterday how one individual with a firearm can prevent tragedy.
When Dallas heard shots being fired during a graduation rehearsal in the school’s gym, he charged towards the former Dixon High School student and forced him to retreat, police Chief Steven Howell said.
The suspect, who authorities have identified as 19-year-old Matthew A. Milby, fired at Dallas as he fled, and Dallas fired back. One of Dallas’ shots landed, and authorities took Milby into custody with non-life-threatening injuries.
“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation,” Howell said. “With shots ringing through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on. Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”
Officials have charged Milby with felony aggravated discharge of a weapon and set his bond at $2 million. It is unclear how he acquired a firearm, and the type of firearm he used has not been reported. In any case, opening fire in a gymnasium full of students would have doubtless resulted in multiple casualties. But because of Dallas’ actions, no one was injured, authorities said.
“A lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have gone wrong,” Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. said. “Things could have gone much worse. We are deeply indebted to our officer and the actions he took today.”
Local media reported that Dallas’ neighbors believe he was the best person to have on the ground when the situation began to escalate.
“You see all of these shootings and all of a sudden it’s here in your town,” said Barabra Harney, who has lived next to Dallas for over a decade. She says Dallas is not only a standup officer but a standup man.
“He’s a community guy, and he’s a family guy, and thank god he’s the one that’s in that school working,” she said.
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Dallas’ next-door neighbor John Schafer agreed. “He didn’t let this situation get escalated and it never got escalated so he did a wonderful job and I accommodate him for that,” Schafer said.
“He is a hero,” Dixon High student Devon Scott said after the incident.
The mainstream media will let this story fall out of the news cycle in 24 hours because it doesn’t fit their false narrative (school shootings are actually down from the 1990s). For now, it’s nice to know that some schools aren’t helpless when an evil person with a gun opens fire on innocent lives.