Tyler Police Officer, Justin Utley, won his third consecutive Texas State Rifle Association Championship in the service rifle category during a recent competition.
Utley competed using an AR-15 with iron sights at several different distances, varying firing speeds, alternating standing or sitting and magazine changes.
Out of a possible 800 top score, Utley received 782 points to take the win.  The trophy he received is named in honor of his late mentor, well known shooter, match director and gunsmith, Richard P. Crawford.
Utley said, “this was a very special win for me because Rick had mentored me since I first started when I was 14.  Rick taught me almost everything I know about the sport, and he coached me to where I am today.”
On June 1, 2011, Crawford passed away from a sudden heart attack.
“Rick was like a second father to me.  Winning this trophy again this year was even more special to me.  Like I told Rick after my win last year, if it wasn’t for him, my name would have never been on his trophy,” Utley said.