A domestic terrorist who had plans of committing mass murder last Friday was stopped dead in his tracks by a Austin police officer who managed to fatally wound the suspect with a handgun from approximately 104 yards, reports local media.
Steve McQuilliams began his politically and religiously-motivated rampage by shooting four different buildings in downtown Austin: the Austin Police Department, Federal Courthouse, Mexican Consulate and a local bank.
According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, “Hate was in his heart. He is a homegrown American terrorist trying to terrorize our people.”
Thankfully, he didn’t succeed in bringing his terror campaign to fruition. He killed no one. McQuilliams mission was cut short by Sergeant Adam Johnson, a 15-year veteran of the force.
While Johnson was loading up horses for the department’s mounted division, he heard gunshots ring out. He went to investigate, while holding on to two horses. He saw McQuilliams and opened fire, shooting the terrorist in the heart and killing him. He was reportedly 312 feet away. Quite a shot with a handgun.
What handgun? Well, according to Acevedo, it was his Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber pistol.
“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,” said Acevedo last Friday while commending Sgt. Johnson for his exemplary marksmanship.
Sgt. Johnson, meanwhile, said the credit should go to the other officers who were closing in on McQuilliams and chalked up his role in the matter to “divine intervention.”