On Monday, January 13, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor’s Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin.
Wilson was the 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed assailant at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the small town of White Settlement.
Abbott called him a hero for stopping the murderer in his tracks.
Wilson, a firearms instructor who trained the West Freeway Church of Christ’s volunteer security team, took out the assailant with one shot to the head.
Sadly, the gunman, Keith Thomas Kinnunen was able to murder two parishioners, 64-year-old Anton “Tony” Wallace and 67-year-old Richard White.
“When events arise, you’re going to do one of two things. You’re either going to step up and do what’s right or walk away. And I’m not one to walk away,” Wilson stated in accepting the medal at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
Kinnunen has a history of criminal and psychological trouble.