Prosecutors have announced that a grand jury in Texas has decided to take no action against Jack Wilson, the man who courageously stopped a shooter who had killed two people in a Fort-Worth area church in December.
Jack Wilson was a firearms instructor who also trained a volunteer security team at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement. Wilson fatally shot Keith Thomas Kinnunen at a church service on December 29th after Kinnunen shot and killed Richard White, a 67 year old security volunteer, and Anton “Tony” Wallace, a 64 year old sever.
As Kinnunen shot the two men, the rest of the church-goers scrambled for cover. The shooter was walking toward the front of the sanctuary as Wilson was searching for a clear line of fire. He took one shot, and killed the man.
Wilson spoke to conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA about the incident:
A Monster entered a Texas Church to commit a mass shooting.
It took Jack Wilson 6 seconds to kill him — the average police response is 9 minutes.
Jack was armed and saved the lives of his friends and family from absolute evil.
This is Jack’s story.
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) January 19, 2020
Prosecutors reported that there were approximately 260 people in the church at the time of the shooting.
The Reason for the Ruling
On Monday, Tim Rogers, a prosecutor with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, stated that Texas law allows a person witnessing someone placing others at risk of serious injury or death to act with deadly force to protect others.
“Mr. Wilson did just that. 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,” Rodgers said.
After the incident, Governor Greg Abbott gave Jack Wilson the highest civilian honor in Texas, the Governor’s Medal of Courage.
Today I presented the Governor’s Medal of Courage to Jack Wilson.
He’s the hero who risked his life to save the lives of others by stopping a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church near Fort Worth.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 13, 2020