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UPDATE: Student accused of shooting at Dixon High School is formally charged

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Authorities at the high school Wednesday morning. Authorities at the high school Wednesday morning.
Ariel view showing students being loaded onto a bus. Ariel view showing students being loaded onto a bus.
Ariel view of the scene of the school shooting. Ariel view of the scene of the school shooting.
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UPDATE: The 19-year-old student who allegedly opened fire at Dixon High School Wednesday has been charged. According to Illinois State Police, Matthew A. Milby faces three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, class X felonies, with a bond set at $2 million.

More charges could be announced in the future, according to state police. Milby is under 24 hour surveillance in the hospital and will be transported to the Lee County Jail after he's released from the hospital.


UPDATE: Officials confirm the shooter in Wednesday's incident at Dixon High School is a current student and set to graduate on Sunday. In an interview with NBC News, Superintendent Margo Empen and Dixon High School Principal Mike Grady confirms the student was supposed to be at the graduation practice in the gym Wednesday.


One person has been shot by a school resource officer after officials say he opened fire on police Wednesday morning at Dixon High School, according to Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss.

Langloss says it happened at 8:06 a.m. when a 19-year-old former student fired shots near the west gym. Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell says the student was confronted by a school resource officer. The suspect fired shots toward the officer, and the officer returned fire, striking the suspect. 

Authorities haven't provided the gunman's name or the school resource officer, but in a tweet, Gov. Bruce Rauner gave praise to Mark Dallas. The officer will be placed on administrative leave, per police. 


"With shots ringing out toward the school, he charged toward the suspect head on," Howell said. "We are forever indebted to this officer for his bravery." 

Multiple eyewitnesses on the scene, as well as a report by Sauk Valley Media, have identified the suspect as former Dixon High School student Matt Milby.

Officials say when they went inside the school to get students, staff and students had complied with previous training and barricaded doors to classrooms. 

"I can not tell you that in an incident like this how critical that is. being able to think swiftly on your feet is more amazing to me. It's certainly a horrific event, however it could have been a lot worse. Because of the school resource officer and the schools itself, it wasn't," Langloss said. 
"A lot of things went right today when many of them could have gone wrong," said Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano. 


An eyewitness told 13 News seniors inside the school were meeting in the gym to discuss graduation details. That eyewitness, who completed class courses in 2017 but will walk in graduation in 2018, says they were discussing caps and gowns when they heard loud pops. 

""It was scary, I didn't know what was going on. I was just sitting there; a normal Wednesday morning. And then boom, we are suddenly being rushed out of the school. It was crazy," the eyewitness said. 

The eyewitness tells 13 News he thought it was a senior prank until school staff rushed students out of the school toward  

The eyewitness called the shooter a former friend, and a caring, giving person. 

"I'm glad he is alive. It's a very stupid decision. I'm just glad he's OK," he said. "I mean people have families. This isn't a joke. I mean I guess it could have been a cry for attention but this is not the way to go about it."  

No other students or staff were injured in the incident. Dixon Police, Dixon Fire, the FBI and ATF, and surrounding counties' law enforcement are currently on the scene at the high school investigating the incident.

Dixon High School has been evacuated and all students have been reunited with their parents. Parents must provide a photo ID. All other Dixon schools are on lock down as the shooting is investigated.

Peoria Avenue is closed until further notice. 

13 News has a team on the scene and we will provide live updates as soon as we get them.

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