Dixon High School shooting suspect deemed fit to stand trial

ByABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Dixon High School shooting suspect appears in court
Matthew Milby, the man accused of opening fire at Dixon High School, appeared in Lee County court Thursday morning.

DIXON, Ill. (WLS) -- A man accused of exchanging shots with a school resource officer at Dixon High School over two years ago has been found fit to stand trial.

Matthew Milby, now in his 20s, is accused of opening fire during a May 2018 graduation rehearsal at the high school, located about 100 miles west of Chicago. School Resource Officer Mark Dallas shot and wounded Milby; no one else was injured.

Lee County State's Attorney Amira D. Fox confirmed Wednesday that Milby was found fit to stand trial Tuesday. He was deemed unfit previously in both 2018 and 2019.

RELATED: Dixon High School shooter used mother's gun; students return for graduation rehearsal

The suspected gunman accused of opening fire inside Dixon High School Wednesday may have gotten the gun from his mother, officials said Thursday.

He faces several charges, including aggravated discharge of a firearm and attempted murder.

His attorney said he's considering filing a motion for a change of venue.

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The Dixon High School Resource Officer who stopped an alleged school shooter last week said he recognized the student and knew he had to save the other kids.

Milby has also been charged with unrelated battery charges, stemming from an alleged fight that took place during his detainment.

Milby's mother said her son was bullied in school, and he was a good kid. Illinois State Police later said Milby used his mother's gun in the alleged shooting.

The video in the player above is from an earlier report.