The Texas hero who stopped a church mass shooting incident on Dec 29, 2019, won't face any charges, a grand jury has decided.
Jack Wilson saved many lives when an armed assailant stormed the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Fort Worth area of Texas. The firearm instructor served as a volunteer security personnel when Thomas Kinnunen, 43, shot dead a 67-year old security volunteer, Richard White, and a server, Anton "Tony" Wallace. An assailant's bullet struck Richard as he retrieved his firearm from its holster to stop the attacker.
Wilson stopped the potential mass shooting incident with a single shot as the attacker headed for the sanctuary. About 260 parishioners were present during the incident.
The prosecutors cleared Wilson of any charges citing a Texas law, which allows a third party to respond with deadly force to save others from the risk of death or injury.
"Mr. Wilson did just that. He did it responsibly and, as a result, he was justified under the law in his actions," Tim Rodgers, a member of the jury said. "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."
Texas governor Greg Abbot rewarded Wilson with the Medal of Courage after the shooting incident. The reward is the highest recognition for a civilian.
After the incident, Wilson said he knew Kinnunen was up to something when he walked into the compound. The assailant was wearing a fake beard and a wig. Wilson adds that he had no regrets for his actions on that day.
"I don't feel like I killed an individual, I killed evil. And that's how I'm approaching it. That's how I'm processing," he said.
It's ridiculous that Wilson faced a possible indictment for saving lives. He is a hero that Texas does not deserve.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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