Prosecutor Nathan Martin has only been with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office two months, but he’s already showing his mettle.
Last weekend, Martin was named the “DA Top Shot” after he outgunned 18 other competitors during the 2nd Annual Tarrant & Johnson County District Attorney’s Top Gun Fun Shoot.
“I had the advantage of seeing everyone else complete the course before I was called and that really helped,” Martin said modestly. “I can’t recall the last time I received a trophy. My wife thinks I am just a little cooler now and every little bit helps.”
The friendly competition among DA employees and their friends and spouses was held at Firearms Training Fort Worth, a private facility at 4886 Kennedale New Hope Road owned by Bill Carlton. The competitors shot a variety of guns (.22 rifle, 9mm pistol, 12-gauge shotgun, AR 15 carbine rifle) at a variety of targets (spinning targets, tin cans, steel targets, skeet).
The competition was fierce. Martin barely beat last year’s overall winner, Tarrant County Prosecutor Anna Summersett, who placed second. Summersett, likewise, barely beat third-place winner, Tarrant County Prosecutor Vincent Giardino.
“Nathan bested me by only one shot and I bested Vincent by only one shot,” said Summersett, who also won first place in the Women’s Competition. “It sounds like a close competition, but in the real world, where each shot could mean the difference between life and death, Nathan is more than just the winner, he is the survivor.”
Martin said when his court partner, Assistant District Attorney Benson Varghese, first told him about the event, he was hesitant to attend.
“I thought there was a very good chance that I would end up embarrassing myself because I’m not an avid shooter,” Martin said. “But it turned out to be a really enjoyable time and a great way to visit with everyone outside of the office. Range Owner Bill Carlton is a great friend to law enforcement and puts on a fun and safe event.”
- Melody McDonald, Public Information Officer