Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday he’s soon going to honor the man who stopped an active shooter inside a church near Fort Worth by bestowing him a Medal of Courage.
“On Monday I will present the Governor’s Medal of Courage to man who stopped a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church in North Texas,” Governor Abbott announced on Twitter, pointing out, “It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor.”
On Monday I will present the Governor's Medal of Courage to man who stopped a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church in North Texas.
It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor. https://t.co/bhNyGLQygs
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 10, 2020
The man receiving the medal, 71-year-old Jack Wilson, was filmed late last month acting fast to stop a shotgun-wielding maniac after he shot and killed two people inside the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement.
*WARNING GRAPHIC FOOTAGE*
Wild scenes from the White Settlement, Church of Christ, shooting!
Gunman is taken down, seconds after opening fire, by a quick draw hero!
— Methnostate Mel (@MethnostateMel) December 30, 2019
Following the event, Wilson humbly told reporters he was no hero and simply acted out of instinct.
“Don’t consider myself a hero at all… Did what I was trained to do,” Wilson said, adding, “I don’t feel like I killed an individual. I feel like I killed evil.”
Last week, Abbott met with Wilson and labeled him a “true Texas hero” on social media.
This is the good guy with a gun who stopped a bad guy with a gun at the church in White Settlement.
It took 6 seconds.
He saved countless lives.
He is Jack Wilson and a true Texas hero. pic.twitter.com/kfAv79xcoT
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 3, 2020
President Trump also recognized the “armed congregants” who stopped the shooting.
Armed congregants quickly stopped a crazed church shooter in Texas. If it were not for the fact that there were people inside of the church that were both armed, and highly proficient in using their weapon, the end result would have been catastrophic. A big THANK YOU to them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
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