Who is Jack Wilson, the man who shot Texas church shooter?

Man who shot church gunman honored with Medal of Courage

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Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor's Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a church in the small town of White Settlement. 

Wilson, a firearms instructor who trained the West Freeway Church of Christ's volunteer security team, shot the attacker once in the head after he opened fire with a shotgun in the church’s sanctuary.

Jack Wilson, 71, trains the volunteer security team of the West Freeway Church of Christ, where a gunman shot two people before being shot by Wilson.
Photo: Jake Bleiberg/Associated Press

Wilson’s single shot quickly ended the attack in which two parishioners, 64-year-old Anton “Tony” Wallace and 67-year-old Richard White, were killed.  

“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.” — Jack Wilson

“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 said in accepting the medal at the Texas Governor's Mansion. 

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Authorities identified the attacker as Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43. who had a history of criminal and psychological trouble.

Armed church members sprung into action Sunday during a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in the town of White Settlement. Two innocent churchgoers and the gunman were killed in the attack. In a livestream of the service, the gunman can be seen getting up from a pew at the back of the church before opening fire. A firearms instructor who trained others in the congregation fatally shot the assailant seconds after gunfire erupted, police said. Jack Wilson, who is running for Hood County com

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