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Ill. SRO who shot school gunman gets ovation at graduation

Officer Mark Dallas was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at an Illinois high school last week


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DIXON, Ill. — A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony.

Officer Mark Dallas' 18-year-old son, Josh, was among the Dixon High School students forced to run for their lives during the shooting Wednesday.

Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)
Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

On Sunday, Sauk Valley Media reports Josh said his father "took the whole school under his wing," calling him "everyone's father, savior and protector."

No one besides the alleged gunman was injured.

Nineteen-year-old Matthew A. Milby Jr. is being held on $2 million bail after being charged with firing shots as seniors met for graduation rehearsal.

Police say Milby, who is a senior but had not been attending classes, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

 

 

 
School where shooter was stopped celebrates graduation

'THANK YOU, OFFICER DALLAS' On Wednesday, a student came to Dixon High School with a gun and charged into graduation practice. That student was shot and stopped by Officer Mark Dallas, who was on stage during graduation today. https://bit.ly/2Lexrvw

Posted by Fox 32 Chicago on Sunday, May 20, 2018

 

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