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Posted: 12/27/2012 7:13:37 PM EDT
Houston McCoy died today. He was the one that took out Charles Whitman, the UT tower sniper
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:14:14 PM EDT
May he rest in peace.
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:14:51 PM EDT
RIP.

Thanks for putting an end to the crazy that day.
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:20:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:21:17 PM EDT

always hate to hear of family passing
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:22:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:48:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:50:12 PM EDT
RIP
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:11:59 AM EDT
That name just oozes coolness.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:14:13 AM EDT
Another name that will live in history. RIP
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:18:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 4:20:16 AM EDT by Sketti]
RIP

"In 1966, the 25-year-old Whitman fatally shot 14 people, including Austin police officer Billy Speed, and wounded 32 others until McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez both fired shots that stopped him. McCoy’s blast from a 12-gauge shotgun hit Whitman in the face, and, according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman’s head and heart. A bullet from Martinez’s .38-caliber handgun also hit Whitman. Martinez also grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground."

That's some old school shit right there!
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:23:30 AM EDT
How nice that Mr. McCoy lived almost another half century to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:25:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PlaneJane:
How nice that Mr. McCoy lived almost another half century to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.


He should get a pass on an extra 50.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:45:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:53:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Sketti:
RIP

"In 1966, the 25-year-old Whitman fatally shot 14 people, including Austin police officer Billy Speed, and wounded 32 others until McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez both fired shots that stopped him. McCoy’s blast from a 12-gauge shotgun hit Whitman in the face, and, according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman’s head and heart. A bullet from Martinez’s .38-caliber handgun also hit Whitman. Martinez also grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground."

That's some old school shit right there!


wasn't there a civilian involved in the final assault on Whitman's position?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:57:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 4:59:21 AM EDT by Sketti]
Originally Posted By LightningII:
Originally Posted By Sketti:
RIP

"In 1966, the 25-year-old Whitman fatally shot 14 people, including Austin police officer Billy Speed, and wounded 32 others until McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez both fired shots that stopped him. McCoy’s blast from a 12-gauge shotgun hit Whitman in the face, and, according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman’s head and heart. A bullet from Martinez’s .38-caliber handgun also hit Whitman. Martinez also grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground."

That's some old school shit right there!


wasn't there a civilian involved in the final assault on Whitman's position?


TBH I don't know but I do have a picture of Witman's final resting place (WARNING VERY GRAPHIC)

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:58:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 4:59:17 AM EDT by _Matt_]

Originally Posted By LightningII:
Originally Posted By Sketti:
RIP

"In 1966, the 25-year-old Whitman fatally shot 14 people, including Austin police officer Billy Speed, and wounded 32 others until McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez both fired shots that stopped him. McCoy’s blast from a 12-gauge shotgun hit Whitman in the face, and, according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman’s head and heart. A bullet from Martinez’s .38-caliber handgun also hit Whitman. Martinez also grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground."

That's some old school shit right there!


wasn't there a civilian involved in the final assault on Whitman's position?

Yeah, crum. He accidentally fired his rifle before he got to Whitman, which did distract Whitman enough for McCoy to shoot him from the other side
I guess that means he helped

Edit: RIP, sir
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 5:01:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sketti:
RIP

"In 1966, the 25-year-old Whitman fatally shot 14 people, including Austin police officer Billy Speed, and wounded 32 others until McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez both fired shots that stopped him. McCoy’s blast from a 12-gauge shotgun hit Whitman in the face, and, according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman’s head and heart. A bullet from Martinez’s .38-caliber handgun also hit Whitman. Martinez also grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground."

That's some old school shit right there!
American Hero

RIP Mr McCoy

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:13:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 7:16:30 AM EDT by John-in-austin]
A good man. I've talked with him several times over the years.

Had some major health problems, it's amazing he held out as long as he did.

Austin PD still has his shotgun and displays it in a glass case on occasion.


He thought the civilian was a fucking idiot that came close to killing his partner with an ND.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:41:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By John-in-austin:
A good man. I've talked with him several times over the years.

Had some major health problems, it's amazing he held out as long as he did.

Austin PD still has his shotgun and displays it in a glass case on occasion.


He thought the civilian was a fucking idiot that came close to killing his partner with an ND.


Yep, KEYETV aired a segment on him last night in regards to the 40th anniversary of the event.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:51:50 PM EDT
I was stationed at Bergstrom AFB at the time of the shooting. After all these years I still remember it well. Sometime later I was involved in a traffic accident and McCoy was the investigator. He tried to get me to apply for the Austin PD. He was a gentleman.
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