Suspected Dixon shooter trial scheduled for August

Published: May. 16, 2018 at 8:59 AM CDT
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Updated June 8, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - The trial for Matthew Milby, the former Dixon High School student accused of opening fire inside the school's gymnasium is scheduled to begin later this summer.

Jury selection in Lee County is set to begin August 20; more than three months after police say Milby brought a 9mm semi-automatic rifle to the school. He's accused of shooting at gym coach Andrew McKay and school resource Officer Mark Dallas. The officer shot back, hitting the teen twice.

Milby pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated discharge of a weapon.


Updated June 7, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - The teen accused of shooting at a teacher and a resource officer at Dixon High School officially pleads not guilty to the charges.

19-year-old Matt Milby entered the plea Thursday morning during a preliminary hearing at the Lee County Courthouse.

A trial date for Milby is expected to be set Friday morning.


Updated May 23, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - A former Dixon High School student accused of firing a rifle during graduation rehearsal is back in court as prosecutors move one step closer to a trial date.

Matt Milby faces three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in the shooting that happened one week ago. He appeared in a Lee County courtroom through a video call as he remains in the jail held on $2 million bond.

Milby's attorney, Tom Murray, dropped a previously filed motion to change the trial judge. Judge Jacquelyn Ackert says Milby will be due back in court on June 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Milby's attorney spoke to reporters following court Wednesday responding to reports that the 19-year-old's mother, Julie, should not have been able to own a weapon due to her criminal history. Illinois State Police say the gun used in the shooting was purchased by the mother in 2012. Murray says his client had a valid FOID card when she purchased the weapon.


Updated May 21, 2018, 4:14 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois State Police look for more details in the Dixon High School shooting including how suspected shooter, 19-year-old Matt Milby, had access to the weapon used in the shooting.

Investigators say the 9mm semi-automatic rifle used last Wednesday was purchased by Milby's mother, Julie, in 2012. A report by WGN, in Chicago, alleges she should not have been able to purchase a gun following a 1991 conviction of felony battery and resisting an officer with violence in Florida.

Milby's attorney, Tom Murray, told WGN he believes the gun was purchased legally in Illinois with a FOID card.

Milby, a former student of Dixon High School, pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm on Friday. He is currently held in the Lee County Jail on $2 million bond. He will be back in court for a hearing on Wednesday.

Milby is considered innocent until proven guilty.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - At his first court appearance, suspected shooter Matt Milby pled not guilty to all charges.

After allegedly opening fire Wednesday at Dixon High School, Milby has 3 counts filed against him for aggravated discharge of a firearm. His bond is set at $2 million, but his defense attorney, Thomas Murray, tried to reduce that number to half a million dollars.

Lee County Judge Ronald Jacobson denied the defense's motion to lower bail. The prosecution argues Milby has already shown willingness to open fire, and would be a threat to public safety.

Milby appeared in court through a video call as the judge explained all three charges. His attorney says what happened Wednesday has not only changed the lives of his client's family but of the Dixon community.

"Matt is the only one that took a physical injury in this incident. There's a lot of emotional injury for sure but, Matt's the only one that had a physical injury in this incident. So in that sense, this community here is very fortunate," said Thomas Murray, Milby’s Defense Attorney.

The Lee County State's Attorney requests if Milby is released, that he can't have any contact while in or out of custody with Mark Dallas or Coach Andrew McKay, can't go within 100 yards of Dixon High School and is ordered to wear a GPS monitor.

Again, Milby faces charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm to a police officer, (identified as school resource officer Mark Dallas), aggravated discharge of a firearm to a school employee (identified as Andrew McKay, a gym coach at the school) and aggravated discharge of a firearm to an occupied building (Dixon High School).

Based on his charges, Milby could spend up to 120 years behind bars for the three class X felonies.

Milby will be in court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23 in front of Judge Ackert for a preliminary status hearing.

Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss says graduation will be "the safest place in the community on Sunday."

Thursday, Langloss attended graduation practice with six Dixon police officers.

The city of Dixon says there will be several undercover and uniformed officers at graduation from the time students arrive until they leave.

Langloss commended the students for their bravery and courage during this hard time.

Langloss said, “There is nothing more important than creating a safe environment to celebrate the successes of these students. We have created a great plan and we are working hard to reduce fear and anxiety. Dixon High School will be the safest place in Dixon on that day.”


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - The Illinois State Police have learned that Matt Milby's mother purchased the weapon used on Wednesday.

Investigators say the gun used is a 9mm semi-automatic rifle which was purchased in 2012.

Police are working to determine how Milby got access to the gun.

During an interview with reporters, Milby's mother was asked if she knew where he got the gun and she said, "That's a good question... we don't have guns. I don't have any guns in the house. I've told them what I think of where it came from."


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss says Matt Milby has been released from the hospital and taken to the Lee County Jail.

Langloss says the bond is set at $2 million.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois State Police confirm 19-year-old Matthew Milby is the suspected Dixon High School shooter.

The Dixon man is being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The Lee County State's Attorney has approved three charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, class X felonies, with a $2 million bond. The investigation is still ongoing and Milby could face more charges.

He's currently under 24-hour surveillance at the hospital. That's where he'll remain before heading to jail.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon police confirm the officer involved in Wednesday morning's shooting at Dixon High School is Officer Mark Dallas.

Police say Dallas is a 15-year veteran of the department with 24 years of law enforcement experience. Dallas has been the Dixon High School Resource Officer for the past five years.

At this time Dixon police say Illinois State Police are conducting an independent investigation and will decide when the name of the shooter is confirmed. He is under 24-hour watch as he recovers from his wounds at a local hospital.

According to Attorney James Mertes, Dallas' son was in the gym at the time of the shooting for graduation rehearsal.

Dallas will not make any public comments.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon Public Schools says Dixon High School will not be in attendance Thursday, May 17.

Pre-K through Eighth grade will be on a normal schedule Thursday.

Dixon Public Schools says there will be counseling and support services at 5 p.m. Wednesday for students, staff and family in the Reagan Middle School cafeteria.

There will be a heightened police presence in all buildings.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Sauk Valley Media reports the former student involved in a shooting Wednesday morning is Matt Milby.

Sauk Valley Media says Milby was recently expelled from the school. They say official confirmation has not been made.

Dixon officials say the school resource officer who returned fire is Mark Dallas.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - A 19-year-old man who is a former Dixon High School student is arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning at the school.

During a press conference, Dixon police Chief Steve Howell said the former student fired several shots near the west gym in the high school. The school resource officer confronted the shooter who then ran out of the school.

During a chase, the shooter fired several shots at the resource officer who then returned fire, hitting the shooter.

The shooter was arrested near the school and is now receiving medical attention for what investigators believe are non life-threatening injuries.

The names of the shooter and officer are not being released at this time. Howell says the officer is being placed on paid administrative leave at this time.

Dixon High School remains on lockdown. There were no injuries to staff, students or members of the community.

Students have been reunited with their families.

Sauk Valley Media reports the incident happened during graduation practice.


UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon police expect to have a press conference at 11 a.m. in regards to the school shooting Wednesday morning.

23 News has a crew on the scene and will be streaming the press conference live.

Danny Langloss, Dixon City Manager tweeted "So grateful for the heroic actions of the Dixon police officer who stopped the armed gunman at Dixon high school. All staff and students are safe, no injuries."


DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon High School says students are being bused from The Armory to Al Morrison baseball field.

Parents must bring an ID to pick up their child.


DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon High School and all Dixon public schools are placed on lockdown after shots were fired Wednesday morning inside the high school

Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss says in a release that a male suspect shot at a school resource officer inside the school around 8 a.m. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect. The suspect's injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. He is in custody.

No one else was hurt during the shooting.

Dixon police believe the suspect acted alone and say there is no further threat to the safety of students and staff.