Jack Wilson's service to his fellow congregants required heroism, & lethal force.
Jack Wilson became a hero on Sunday morning. His position of leadership in his local church is simple. Organize a volunteer security team to assure the peace & safety of his church family at West Freeway Church of Christ, near Fort Worth, Texas.
Jack is a former peace officer and has operated a firearms training school. He's also currently a candidate for County Commissioner in Hood County, TX.
“I just want to thank all who have sent their prayers and comments on the events of today. 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 exist & I had to take out an active shooter in church,” he wrote.
“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. Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”
As he and at least one other security volunteer stood in the back of the auditorium, a visitor to the church stood up and pulled out what appeared to be a shotgun. As another man reacted, drawing his own sidearm, the visitor bagan his killing. Two men were down within 2 seconds. Another second later, Jack Wilson had fired 1 shot to the gunman's head, instantly dropping him.
Wilson methodically approached the assailant as the congregation scurried, screamed, prayed, and mostly got under the seats.
The incident underscores the importance of peaceful citizens having the means to protect their own lives; and the importance of good training in the use of firearms.
When a crisis overtakes us and we only have an instant to respond, it's the repetitive training which we instinctively fall back on.
Special thanks to American Joe Show for providing analysis of the incident.
Dallas News recounted the incident, here.
If the video clip gets taken down, we have this censored backup copy on our own media acct