Po­lice of­fi­cer shot UT Tower sniper

Fam­ily, friends fondly re­mem­ber of­fi­cer as quiet, hum­ble hero.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ri­cardo Gan­dara rgan­dara@states­man.com Mccoy

Hous­ton McCoy, the Austin po­lice of­fi­cer who stopped Univer­sity of Texas Tower sniper Charles Whit­man more than 46 years ago, died early Thurs­day af­ter­noon in a rest home in his home­town of Me­nard. He was 72.

McCoy died from com­pli­ca­tions of chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary disease, caused by many years of smok­ing, said his daugh­ter Monika McCoy.

McCoy would have hated the first sen­tence of this obit­u­ary be­cause it men­tions Whit­man.

In an in­ter­view with the Amer­i­can-States­man in April 2011, he ve­he­mently re­quested that Whit­man — whom he didn’t call by name but re­ferred to as “the sniper” — not be in­cluded in his fi­nal story. “But I guess you have to do that, men­tion the in­ci­dent,” McCoy said. “Just be sure to say that I was not the only po­lice of­fi­cer there that

Amer­i­can-states­man 2006

Hous­ton McCoy was cred­ited with killing UT Tower sniper Charles Whit­man, who gunned down 14 peo­ple on Aug. 1, 1966.

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