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Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

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Jack Wilson, left, was honored by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on January 13, 2020. (Courtesy Office of the Governor) Jack Wilson, left, was honored by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on January 13, 2020. (Courtesy Office of the Governor)
Emergency vehicles surround West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (KTVT via CNN) Emergency vehicles surround West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (KTVT via CNN)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has presented the state's highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed a gunman who opened fire at a church in December.

Abbott on Monday gave Jack Wilson the Governor's Medal of Courage. Wilson is a firearms instructor who trained the West Freeway Church of Christ's volunteer security team.

He shot the attacker once in the head after the gunman opened fire with a shotgun in the church's sanctuary. Two parishioners were killed in the attack.

Authorities later identified the attacker as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, who had a history of criminal and psychological trouble.

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