Posted May 18, 2018 9:00 am by Comments

By Christen Smith

School Resource Officer Mark Dallas said his own son was present when a gunman opened fire during a graduation rehearsal at Dixon High School. (Photo: Dixon Police Department)
A school resource officer in Lee County, Illinois hailed a hero for taking down an armed intruder said he empathizes with other parents who sent their kids to Dixon High School Wednesday morning.
Officer Mark Dallas, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, said Thursday he remains “humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support,” but prefers the labels of “police officer,” “husband” and “Dad” most of all.
“Mark’s own son was among those assembled in the gymnasium for graduation rehearsal yesterday morning,” said James Mertes, Dallas’s attorney, in a prepared statement Thursday. “He understands, first hand, the grave fears of parents who sent their children to school yesterday, believing them to be safe. With his actions, he has safely returned those students to their anxious parents.”
The Dixon Police Department said Thursday the gunman — identified as 19-year-old Matthew Milby — was transported to Lee County Jail after spending 24 hours recovering from injuries sustained during a gun fight with Dallas.
Police Chief Steve Howell said Dallas confronted Milby just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday inside Dixon High School. Milby fled on


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