It was 2:33 a.m.
He held the reins of two horses in one hand.
He held his Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol in the other.
As the active shooter terrorizing Austin came into view, Sgt. Adam Johnson took the 312-foot shot — and scored a center-of-mass bullseye.
The 15-year Austin police veteran helped stop the Nov. 28 rampage of Larry McQuilliams, a man who had blown more than 100 rounds into surrounding buildings as he menaced the city streets, armed with a map of potential targets and multiple firearms.
“At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert and author of “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers,” told Fox News.
But was Johnson's shot the one that killed McQuilliams, or did the gunman die at his own hand a moment later?
“It’s not impossible,” Plaster said. “Wild Bill Hickok shot bad guys from a hundred yards away with a handgun, but he was also a great shot. I would say what this officer did was phenomenal, especially if he didn’t brace his arm against anything.”
“For a guy to keep his composure and holding two horses with one hand and taking a one-hand shot with the other hand, it says a lot about the training and professionalism of our police department,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Austin American-Statesman.
Johnson, the leader of the Austin police department's 12-member mounted patrol, was on paid administrative leave following the shooting.
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