The Austin police sergeant who took down the man who shot more than 100 rounds at APD headquarters on Black Friday 2014 was given a rare honor Friday. Senator John Cornyn came to town for the ceremony.
Friday morning U.S. Senator John Cornyn presented Austin Police Sergeant Adam Johnson with the congressional badge of bravery.
It is an honor Johnson earned when a man with a map of more than 30 targeted locations, a car full of ammunition, i.e.d.s and the words "let me die" written across his chest unleashed rounds of gunfire.
The actions of Larry McQuilliams on Black Friday 2014 were recorded on surveillance cameras and dash camera video. Johnson's voice can be heard before he fired the shot that ended the reign of terror.
Johnson, who had just finished a shift on the mounted patrol, was standing here holding the reigns of two horses when he fired a single shot from his service pistol. The bullet fatally struck McQuilliams who was 312 feet away.
"Every time it's recounted to me I come away more awestruck with the personal act of bravery and also a profound sense of gratitude for what he has done,” said Cornyn.
In 2008 Cornyn helped pass the law enforcement congressional badge of bravery act to recognize such heroic feats as Johnson's. Nationwide 16 officers received the award this year.
Johnson briefly spoke about that fateful morning.
"It was very loud, high caliber, automatic gunfire. The muzzle blasts were three, four feet long. You could see at night time the fire coming out of the barrel,” said Johnson.
He doesn't like to take all the credit. He says he witnessed many heroic actions of his fellow officers. He said we all must be prepared to take such action.
"If you don't take the fight to them when this thing starts, then they're going to keep going and so people need to be aware of what's going on around them and we need to accept the fact that this could happen at any moment, anytime, anywhere,” said Johnson.