On Sunday, Dec. 28, a gunman opened fire in a church near Fort Worth, Texas, killing two congregants before being shot and killed by an armed congregant.
Jack Wilson, head of security at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, was the one who pulled the trigger, fired a fatal shot that ended the massacre within six seconds.
Armed congregants rushed to surround the gunman, identified as 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen of River Oaks, who had fallen to the floor.
In his Facebook post, Wilson recalled the actions he took to stop the deadly attack at his church on Sunday.
“The events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church,” Wilson wrote.
Wilson said he and other church security were watching the gunman before the shooting because he came into the sanctuary wearing “a fake beard and a fake wig.” He was also wearing a long coat.
“I don’t consider myself a hero at all. I did what I was trained to do,” Wilson said of his actions.
Referring to Tony Wallace and Richard White – the two congregants who had died, Wilson expressed his sadness over the loss.
“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’s statement continued. “Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”
Video from the Church shooting in Texas today shows a heroic man stopping the active shooter. Watch the man in the upper left, a volunteer church security guard, take out the shooter (the third shot you hear is the good guy). pic.twitter.com/QJO2QxCNOH
— Ryan Austin (@ryanaustinict) December 29, 2019
In the comment to his post, Wilson identified the firearm he used as a SIG P229-357.
Wilson, who is running for a position as a Hood County commissioner in the county’s 2020 election, said he had served as a Hood County Reserve Deputy Sheriff from 1980 to 1986 and is currently a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor and a Concealed Handgun License/License to Carry Instructor.
One of his campaign slogans, created weeks before the shooting took place, appears to reference the Sunday events.
“Make sure your vote is on target.”
According to Heavy.com, Wilson was the president of the company and a firearms training instructor, until the business burned down in November 2016, due to an electrical fire.
The business began in 1995 and at the time it burned down, Wilson said he had been providing instruction for nearly 21 years.