Gotta love Texas!
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The gunman who attacked the federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and the Austin Police Department headquarters was killed by a single shot taken from 312 feet away by mounted patrol Sgt. Adam Johnson who also held the reigns of two horses.
Sgt. Johnson told Chief Art Acevedo that he credits “divine intervention” and that the other officers in the mounted patrol unit who were advancing on the shooter should get the majority of the credit.
Acevedo described Larry Steve McQuilliams as being heavily armed with two “long rifle guns” including a .22 caliber and an AK-47-style weapon. In the rental van he used during the attacks, police found a book titled “Vigilantes of Christendom” as well as multiple propane cans fashioned as Improvised Explosive Devices. Also inside the van, officers found a map with 34 targets, including two downtown churches.
Beware the comment section on that above link, a lot of keyboard warriors throwing out conspiracy theories because they can’t hit the broad side of a barn at 15 yards, much less 100+ yards.
Since it was unclear in all the news articles, I personally contacted Austin PD and they did confirm that Sgt. Adam Johnson used his service S&W M&P.40 for the shot. My hats off to the officer for being able to do such under pressure while holding his horses.
Long range pistol shooting is a lot of fun, and can even be practical for self defense. Here I’m testing a CZ P09 from 100 yards: