Hero Who Stopped Gunman in Texas Church Shooting Cleared of Wrongdoing by Grand Jury

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Jack Wilson, the hero who fatally shot a gunman who had murdered two parishioners in a Fort Worth-area church last year, has been cleared of any guilt by a grand jury.

According to the Associated Press, the grand jury decided to take no action against the man who fatally shot an armed man that murdered two people in a Fort Worth-area church back in late December 2019.

As we reported last year, Wilson, a veteran firearms instructor and volunteer security guard at the West Freeway Church of Christ, fatally shot Keith Thomas Kinnunen.

During the December 29 service, Kinnunen shot and killed 67-year-old Richard White, another security volunteer, and 64-year-old Anton “Tony” Wallace, a server. After killing the two men, Kinnunen moved toward the front of the sanctuary—presumably to take aim at more people in the church.

Within six seconds of Kinnunen opening fire in the sanctuary, Wilson was able to make a single, clear shot to his head and end the attack, saving the lives of over 250 other men, women, and children in the church.

Tarrant County prosecutor Tim Rodgers told AP that Texas law empowers individuals witnessing someone placing others at risk of serious injury or death to use deadly force.

“Mr. Wilson did just that,” said Rodgers. “He did it responsibly and as a result, he was justified under the law in his actions. Based upon the grand jury’s decision, the law enforcement investigation and our review of the case are complete. We believe the grand jury made the right decision.”

Earlier this year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott awarded Wilson the Governor’s Medal of Courage, the state’s highest civilian honor.

“You don’t know when something bad is going to happen or whether it’s going to happen, so what I tell my students not just on the security team, but just the regular students getting a license to carry is you carry it anywhere and everywhere you legally can because you never know when you’re going to have to use it,” Wilson told local media shortly after the shooting last year.

“When the individual first entered the building there was concern,” Wilson recalled. “The individual was wearing a 3/4 coat, long coat and had on a fake beard, and a fake wig.”

“The only clear shot I had was his head because I still had people in the pews that were not all the way down as low as they could and that was my one shot,” Wilson went on.

“It is a close-knit congregation,” the hero explained. “It’s a close family type situation, so I’m concerned and I’m upset for that. I don’t feel like I killed a human, I killed an evil and that’s how I’m coping with the situation.”

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