Officer who shot school gunman in Dixon gets ovation at graduation

  • Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, reacts Sunday as he leads Dixon High School's Class of 2018 into their graduation ceremony in Lancaster Gymnasium at the school in Dixon. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, is charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Dallas. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail.

    Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, reacts Sunday as he leads Dixon High School's Class of 2018 into their graduation ceremony in Lancaster Gymnasium at the school in Dixon. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, is charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Dallas. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. Associated Press

  • Jared Harrison, valedictorian for Dixon High School's class of 2018, gives a speech Sunday during his graduation ceremony at the school.

    Jared Harrison, valedictorian for Dixon High School's class of 2018, gives a speech Sunday during his graduation ceremony at the school. Associated Press

  • Dixon High School's Class of 2018 celebrates their graduation Sunday at the school.

    Dixon High School's Class of 2018 celebrates their graduation Sunday at the school. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/21/2018 10:50 AM

DIXON -- 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.

 

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 teen charged in the shooting 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.

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