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Officer who brought down Whitman dies (UT Tower)
KXAN ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 | KXAN

Posted on 12/27/2012 2:25:21 PM PST by bgill

Houston McCoy, who as an Austin police officer in 1966 climbed up the staircase of the University Tower to help kill Charles Whitman and end what at the time was the nation's largest mass murder, died Thursday.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austin; leo; obituary; uttower
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To: Hulka

A good book regarding this incident is “A Sniper in the Tower.” by Gary Lavergne. I believe that Officer Houston first shot Whitman in the head and Officer Martinez ran over and fired several more shots. These men were absolute heroes and saved many, many lives. RIP Officer Houston.


21 posted on 12/27/2012 4:00:38 PM PST by nicksaunt
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To: Cen-Tejas

McCoy took him down but Martinez took the credit. Same now as then apparently with the msm. That’s what Chief Acevedo meant when he stated McCoy was humble.


22 posted on 12/27/2012 4:01:28 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: nicksaunt

Should have said Officer Houston McCoy instead of Officer Houston. Sorry for the error.


23 posted on 12/27/2012 4:04:22 PM PST by nicksaunt
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To: Cen-Tejas
At the time, it was reported that a hipanic police officer named Martinez and a civilian shot and killed Whitman.

I grew up with a girl in TX named Martinez who told me that her cousin was either the one that killed him, or one of the ones. Don't remember which.

24 posted on 12/27/2012 4:18:03 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: ConservaTexan

Anyone remember the New Orleans Howard Johnson’s shootout in the early 1970s?

Weapon was a Ruger .44 mag deerslayer with a short tube magazine.

Remember the charge of the cops toward the elevator shaft on top of building? Several cops shot by “friendly fire” there.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 4:20:12 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: Cen-Tejas
At the time, it was reported that a hipanic police officer named Martinez and a civilian shot and killed Whitman.

I grew up with a girl in TX named Martinez who told me that her cousin was either the one that killed him, or one of the ones. Don't remember which.

26 posted on 12/27/2012 4:22:49 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Harold Shea

***There was a made for tv show about the shootings***

There were several anti-gun comments written into the script, and at the end a voiceover says Whitman had a brain tumor, however, a louder voiceover shouted out that one told everyone not to miss some other show on the network.


27 posted on 12/27/2012 4:24:12 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: bgill

He and the civilian were so brave. May God comfort his family.


28 posted on 12/27/2012 4:32:32 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: Lurker

I think they meant at that particular time in our history.


29 posted on 12/27/2012 4:33:54 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: ClearCase_guy

There was a civilian...armed...who accompanied him though...correct? If I remember correctly.


30 posted on 12/27/2012 4:35:26 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: DallasSun

A competent journalist would make what he wanted to say clear.


31 posted on 12/27/2012 4:37:07 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

I was wrong then. Thank you for correcting me. And you have a memory than I. My cat has a better memory than I though. That is no reflection on your memory....but mine...and the cat’s of course.


32 posted on 12/27/2012 4:38:57 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: Lurker

I was wrong then. Thank you for correcting me. And you have a better memory than I. My cat has a better memory than I though. That is no reflection on your memory....but mine...and the cat’s of course.


33 posted on 12/27/2012 4:39:28 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: Lurker

I agree.


34 posted on 12/27/2012 4:40:49 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: DallasSun

No problem. A better way to make his point would be: “Whitman committed the largest mass murder in America since the Bath School massacre in 1927.”

It’s a clear, concise, and factually accurate statement which modern day journalists seem to be incapable of writing.


35 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:05 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

They did do an autopsy and found a brain tumor:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman#Autopsy

&

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman#Findings_of_Connally_Commission


36 posted on 12/27/2012 4:45:41 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: Lurker

You would make an excellent editor. Makes one wonder what happened to editors, does it not?


37 posted on 12/27/2012 4:48:23 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: DallasSun

Thank you for the compliment but I’d last about a week in a modern “newsroom” before I snapped someone’s neck on general principle, probably someone masquerading as a journalist.


38 posted on 12/27/2012 4:53:22 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Monty22002

Can you find a bigger image next time? I can hardly see that one.


39 posted on 12/27/2012 4:53:49 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Monty22002

Since folks seem interested in the Whitman shooting, a few more facts for me that day. That day I was on the 5th floor of the LaContessa Dormitory pouring concrete with a large group of guys when the shooting started. I turned the transit level (scope on 3 legs eye level high) I was using around from time to time during the shooting and saw rounds pinging off the side of the tower. Interestingly, I would see the limestone dust kick up from the round impacting and then a half second later hear the shot. I could see Whitman’s shadow through the scope as he ran by the 3 famous port holes on each side of the building. The part about civilians firing was 100% true. Those days it was common as dirt for guys to have rifles in their cars and just thousands of rounds were fired in the two hours this went on. The cops had a hard time calling a cease fire. Martinez years later became a Texas Ranger. Everyone gave this incident credit for that accomplishment.


40 posted on 12/27/2012 4:54:59 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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