McCoy Pages (100+)
See More >
See More >
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Austin police officer who helped stop Charles Whitman's 1966 sniper rampage from atop the University of Texas tower has died.
Houston McCoy fired two blasts from his shotgun to bring down Whitman, who killed 16 people during nearly two hours of terror on the UT campus. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said McCoy died Thursday in the rural West Texas town of Menard.
McCoy was 72 and had been battling a terminal illness for the past year.
Whitman wounded dozens of others before McCoy and fellow officer Ramiro Martinez made their way to the observation deck. Martinez also fired on Whitman.
Vincent called McCoy a good police officer who "answered the call" unsure whether he would live upon reaching the top of the tower.
PAUL J. WEBER,Associated Press
Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Listen to Obituary
Share a message or photo below
"Thank you. RIP"
"I was a 15 year old boy growing up in India on the other side..."
- Derek Monterro
"I watched a show called crime to remember tonight and I..."
- S.Yolanda Grant
" I came across this story as they were selling the rifle that..."
"Your courage, selflessness and valiant care for your fellow ..."
- Jeffrey Bickham
Add a memory or condolence to the guest book
Please add a photo and share in the life story for
Add a photo
Donate to Charity
How To Submit An Obituary
Sympathy and Condolence Advice
Back to today's Obituaries
© Copyright 1999-2015
All Rights Reserved
Questions? Contact us
Search obituaries nationwide