Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Gives Jack Wilson a Medal for Heroically Stopping Church Shooting

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Posted: Jan 13, 2020 3:35 PM
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Gives Jack Wilson a Medal for Heroically Stopping Church Shooting

Source: AP Photo/Jake Bleiberg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) presented Jack Wilson, the volunteer security guard who stopped a shooting at a church in December, with the Governor's Medal of Courage to honor his heroic actions on that tragic Sunday.

Wilson used his SIG P229, that was chambered in .357 SIG, to take down a shooter who used a shotgun to kill two church members in the attack at West Freeway Church of Christ. Wilson only used one round to kill the gunman. The incident was caught on the church's livestream and showed the attack was stopped within six seconds.

"What we do know is that so many lives were saved because of Jack Wilson's quick action. His calmness under pressure and, above all else, his courage and his willingness to risk his own life to save the lives of others," Abbott said at the medal ceremony on Monday.

"When faced with an evilness that few of us can ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, with bravery, and with love for those in the church that day. That is the kind of man that Jack Wilson is," he said, adding, "Jack, I know that you have been reluctant to accept the label of being called a hero, but that is exactly who you are."

"I’m thankful to GOD that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church. I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in CHRIST, but evil does exist in this world and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed," Wilson has previously stated about the shooting. "Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding."