Gunman shot by cop after opening fire at high school

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A Dixon Police Officer is credited with stopping an armed suspect at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Students at Dixon High School are safe after a shooting in the school around 8:00 this morning.

The suspect is now receiving medical treatment after being taken into custody.

No one else was hurt during the shooting.

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Dixon High School is still on lockdown. Nevertheless, the situation changed once he encountered Officer Blaine Gaskill.

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

The student and officer were not immediately named.

Dixon is located 100 miles east of Chicago. He said the officer confronted the former student near the school's west gym and as ran after him, the suspect fired several shots at the officer. He said he thinks authorities may be releasing the name and age of the person in custody during the media event. When officers went inside the high school, they said they saw students and teachers barricaded in their classrooms as they should have been. The gunman opened fire at the officer, who returned fire and wounded the suspect. The male was believed to be a 19-year-old former student at the school, Lee County Sheriff John Simonton told Sauk Valley Media.

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

When we contacted the Dixon Police Department, they said they could not confirm or deny the report.

An earlier account said the gunfire exchange took place in the gym. The officer fired back, wounding the suspect, who was then taken into custody.

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