Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

    (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has presented the state's highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December.

    Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor's Medal of Courage on Monday. Wilson is a firearms instructor who trained the West Freeway Church of Christ's volunteer security team. He shot the attacker once in the head after the gunman opened fire with a shotgun in the church's sanctuary. Two parishioners were killed in the attack. Authorities later identified the attacker as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, who had a history of criminal and psychological trouble. Governor Abbott says, “Only God knows who is alive today because of Jack Wilson."

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