Hero parishioner who stopped shooter receives state's highest civilian honor

Jack Wilson took down down a gunman who killed two at a church.

January 13, 2020, 12:40 PM

A Granbury, Texas, man who bravely jumped into action last month by gunning down an active shooter at a church has received the state's highest civilian honor.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott presented Jack Wilson with the Medal of Courage Monday morning for stopping "a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church in North Texas."

Wilson, 71, is a former reserve deputy sheriff who was at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Fort Worth on Dec. 29, when Keith Thomas Kinnunen opened fire during a service.

PHOTO: Jack Wilson, 71, poses for a photo at a firing range outside his home in Granbury, Texas, Dec. 30, 2019.
Jack Wilson, 71, poses for a photo at a firing range outside his home in Granbury, Texas, Dec. 30, 2019.
Jake Bleiberg/AP, FILE

Kinnunen was seen on livestream footage of the service using a short-barreled shotgun that had been hidden under a long coat to shoot two churchgoers before Wilson killed him.

Tony Wallace and Richard White were killed.

Wallace, 64, was a church deacon. White was a 67-year-old armed member of the church's volunteer security team.

"I don't see myself as a hero," Wilson told reporters after the shooting. "I see myself as doing what needed to be done to take out the evil threat."

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