Charles Whitman

public safety
4:23 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Austin Police Officer Who Killed UT Sniper Charles Whitman Dies

Houston McCoy (second from right) died at home in West Texas on Thursday.
Austin Police Department

The Austin police officer best known for killing the University of Texas Tower sniper has died.

Officer Houston McCoy shot and killed Charles Whitman on Aug. 1, 1966, after Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 32 from the observation deck atop the UT Tower.

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Austin
10:49 am
Mon August 1, 2011

45th Anniversary of UT Shooting Marked With Dedication Ceremony

Today is the 45th anniversary of the Texas Tower shootings. The Austin Police Association is dedicating a hall in their new facilities to the people who helped that day.
Photo for KUT News

The Austin Police Association is holding a ceremony to dedicate a hall in their new facility to the people who worked to restore safety during the Texas Tower shooting. Today is the 45th anniversary of the shooting.

The shooter, Charles Whitman, was a student at the University of Texas. A former Marine who grew up with an abusive father, he admitted to killing his mother and his wife in a suicide note.

The next day, Whitman began shooting people from the top of the Texas Tower with a sniper rifle. He climbed up to the top of the tower with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, water and food supplies.

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