'Heroic' officer hailed for stopping armed teen at high school, saving lives

An Illinois school resource officer stopped an armed teenager at a high school this morning, according to the local police chief, who applauded the officer for saving "countless" lives.
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This morning may sixteenth two making an approximate you know 6 AM that they simply department received reports of an armed male subject in the it to high school. Information was put up our school resource officer that is signed through that school. There's at least along with Lee county sheriff's department only state police stoic police department responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation it only showed the suspect fired several shots near the west Jim. At that point future front about a school resource officer. We confronted the suspect exited the school and began running westbound an armory drive. The school resource officer pursued the suspect while pursuing the suspect the suspect shot sell or rounds towards the officer. At which stunned the officer returned fire and struck the suspect. Shortly there after the suspect was taken into custody just west of the two high school the suspect was transported is receiving medical attention. It is believed the entry to suspect as nonlife threatening. At this time to name a suspect and Amy Auster not being released. Got a will be placed on paid administrative leave her policy. The FBI as well as. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms respondents at the local law enforcement as well but that high school and politics and public schools. Initially were placed on lockdown early exit a school remains the only school on lockdown. Into the quick responses six school school resource officer as well vol I fifteen agencies there were no injuries to staff students or any other community members. Furthermore. Predictably stormont along. With assisting agencies believe there's no further threat the safety of the students or community. The investigation is ongoing and we are confident that the suspect acted alone the suspect in the nineteen year old male with previously estimated that the high school. We would also like to add that the students responses situation extremely well. The district and are seeing an ongoing training from the simply aren't how to respond to these situations. Are moving students from the various classrooms for spine officers from the staff students. Had barricaded the doors to the classrooms with best book cases and other objects Burke the training that they hadn't received. I cannot be more proud and police officer and the way you're spot at the situation. We're shots ring out the hallways of the school he charged or suspect confronted him head on. Because it's a Rourke actions countless lives are saved we are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery. A lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have gone wrong the bottom line is it was if they were prepared. And when they talk about. Actor shooter or intruder type training. I always lead that trading off by saying they hope this never happens however we have to be prepared. As it could happen here it doesn't matter how large or small your community is as we found out today. But I want to reemphasizes heroic actions of the school resource officer.

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