The gunman who opened fire on multiple buildings in downtown Austin, Texas early Friday morning was shot and killed by a single bullet. That bullet came from the Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber handgun of a police officer standing 104 yards away and holding the reins to two horses with his other hand.
Only in Texas. #Badass
According to KXAN,
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.
When officers rushed in to take McQuilliams into custody, they discovered he was wearing a tactical vest and a backpack hydration unit, something Acevedo says is an indication he was planning to continue the assault.
Upon further investigation they also discovered he had “Let me Die” written on his chest. When officers went into McQuilliams’ apartment, they found clothes laid out on his bed indicating they were the ones he was to wear to his funeral.
Speaking of McQuilliams, Acevado said, “Terrorists come in all sorts of colors, ethnicities, and religions. By no means can you call him anything other than an extremist.”
And when it comes to the 15-year-veteran and supervisor of the mounted unit and his incredible shot, Acevado used the chance to praise the training of all of his officers.
“For a guy to keep his composure, holding two horses with one hand and taking a one hand shot with the other hand just says a lot about the training and professionalism of our police department.”