SRO Exchanges Gunfire With Expelled Illinois High School Student

The Dixon High School SRO is being praised for his quick response to the school shooting.

May 17 UPDATE: The suspected gunman was a current student at Dixon High School although he had not attended classes for several months. It was previously reported that he had been expelled. Shortly before the shooting, the suspect was found guilty of possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and fined $120, reports  His mother said he had been “sad for a long time.”

A 19-year-old male opened fire at his former Dixon, Ill., high school Wednesday morning before he was shot in the shoulder by a school resource officer (SRO).

The alleged gunman, identified as Matt Milby, was recently expelled from Dixon High School, reports WQAD. Authorities say he fired several shots near the campus gym where seniors were conducting a graduation ceremony dry-run.

After firing several shots, the suspect fled the building. As he was doing so, he fired several shots at SRO Mark Dallas, who was in pursuit. The officer then returned fire, striking Milby in the shoulder. He was then taken into custody by police and treated for his injuries, which were non-life-threatening. No one else was injured during the ordeal.

Authorities say that Milby acted alone. All schools in the area, including Dixon High School, were locked down.

Police Chief Steven Howell praised Dallas for his quick response to the shooting.

“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded to the situation,” Howell told USA Today. “With shots ringing out through the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on. Because of his heroic action, countless lives were saved.”

The SRO is now on paid administrative leave, in accordance with police policy after an officer-involved shooting.

Howell also said that recent active shooter drills at the school helped prepare students and staff, who barricaded doors and took cover during the incident.

No classes will be held Thursday, but staff will report to work.

The suspect’s mother, who coincidentally grew up with Dallas, said her son was ostracized at school and left to finish his credits outside of class, reports ABC7Chicago. She said she is grateful that her son wasn’t killed by the SRO.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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