Police officer shot UT Tower sniper
Family, friends fondly remember officer as quiet, humble hero.
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
Houston McCoy was credited with killing UT Tower sniper Charles Whitman, who gunned down 14 people on Aug. 1, 1966.