Man Who Stopped Mass Shooting in Texas Church Awarded Medal of Courage
The 71-year-old firearms instructor was awarded a courage medal for stopping the shooter during an attack on parishioners of the West Freeway Church of Christ.
Yesterday, Austin Governor Greg Abbott personally handed the award to Jack Wilson, who shot in the head an active shooter identified as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen. Reportedly, the shooting took place in the small town of White Settlement on December 29 last year.
On that day, an armed Kinnunen burst into a church in which, according to rough estimates, there were just under 250 people and opened fire. Before the shooter was neutralized, two parishioners, 64 and 67 years old, were fatally wounded.
According to KSAT, Jack Wilson was a firearms instructor who trained the West Freeway Church of Christ’s volunteer security team.
“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.
After the authorities identified the mass shooter, information was published about his mental health, which showed strong deviations and a tendency to aggression.
Court records from Grady County, Oklahoma, obtained by Dallas television station KXAS, show that Kinnunen's ex-wife sought a protective order in 2012 in which Cindy Glasgow-Voegel described her husband as a “violent, paranoid person with a long line of assault and batteries with and without firearms. He is a religious fanatic, says he's battling a demon.”