Man who shot church gunman gets highest Texas civilian honor

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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.

Gov. Greg Abbott Monday honored Jack Wilson, who jumped into action when a gunman opened fire on the congregation at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, near Fort Worth. (CNN VAN photo)

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.