Dixon High athlete facing 8 weapons charges

Newly formed crisis intervention team to assist 18-year-old

DIXON – A ‘despondent’ 18-year-old Dixon High School athlete who police said brought three guns to school Wednesday is facing five felony and three misdemeanor weapons charges.

Ryan J. Troutman, a senior who plays football, wrestling and baseball, is charged with five felony counts of possessing a firearm at a school, each of which carries 2 to 5 years in prison, and three misdemeanor counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon.

Ryan’s parents brought him to the Dixon Police Department at 11:40 Friday morning, Police Chief Danny Langloss said. He was arrested, processed and released after posting $1,000 of his $10,000 bond. His first court appearance is April 26.

Langloss said Wednesday, and reaffirmed Friday, that Troutman was “despondent,” and that there was no indication he intended to harm anyone other than himself.

Police and school administrators got a report from a concerned student shortly before 10 a.m. that Troutman was in a vehicle outside the school, armed with a handgun.

They determined immediately that he no longer was on school property, and they found him within 15 minutes at a residence in Dixon. They seized a handgun and two rifles, and took Troutman to KSB Hospital for a mental evaluation.

The newly formed Lee County Crisis Prevention team will be assisting Troutman, Langloss said Friday.

The team is a coalition made up of personnel from Dixon Police, Lee County Sheriff, Sinnissippi Centers, KSB Hospital and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help those dealing with mental health issues.