Cop Who Stopped Dixon School Shooting Speaks Out

Bob Roberts
May 29, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Mark Dallas / Dixon Police Department


DIXON  (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The school resource officer who confronted and wounded a 19-year-old gunman at Dixon High School will be honored Wednesday in Springfield.

Officer Mark Dallas is speaking for the first time about what happened the morning of May 16.

Dallas said he knew instinctively what he heard in a school hallway was gunshots. He told CBS 2 he had little time to prepare. Within seconds, he was dashing down the hallway and exchanging gunfire with the shooter.

"I don't even know what I yelled," he said. "But I yelled at the top of my lungs."

Dallas wounded 19-year-old Matt Milby before they could reach the school gymnasium where Dallas' own son Joshua was attending graduation practice.

"I have a hard time thinking about it because I run the 'What if’s' around in my head," he said.

Dallas and Joshua hugged when reunited a bit later. Joshua called it "their biggest hug ever."

Dallas is on leave in the wake of the shooting. He will return to his resource officer's job in August.