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Security guard who killed Texas church shooter will not face charges

A Texas man serving as a security guard at a church where a second man opened fire late last year will not face murder charges after a grand jury decided he was justified in shooting the man and killing him. 

Jack Wilson, the head of security at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, shot and killed Keith Kinnunen in December of 2019 after Kinnunen opened fire on the congregation.

On Monday, a Tarrant County grand jury decided not to proceed with murder charges against Wilson, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Texas law allows an individual, when they witness somebody placing others at risk of serious bodily injury or death, to act with deadly force to protect the other individuals,” county prosecutor Tim Rodgers said. “Mr. Wilson did just that. He did it responsibly and, as a result, he was justified under the law in his actions.”

In Texas it is standard practice for a grand jury to review possible criminal conduct in a murder case, the newspaper reported. 

Wilson was awarded the Governor’s Medal of Courage earlier this year for stopping the shooting, which left two parishioners dead. 

“I just want to thank all who have sent their prayers and comments on the events of today,” Wilson wrote on his Facebook page at the time of the incident. “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 [sic] and I had to take out an active shooter in church.”

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