Officer J. D. Tippit

Officer J. D. Tippit

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 22, 1963

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J. D. Tippit

Officer J.D. Tippit was shot and killed while questioning the assassin of President John F. Kennedy at Tenth and Patton Streets.

At approximately 1:14 pm, 45 minutes after President Kennedy was shot, Officer Tippit stopped the suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was on foot and fit the general description of the assassin that was being broadcast by the Dallas police radio.

After being summoned by Officer Tippit, Oswald came over to the passenger side of the patrol car where they spoke through an open window. After a brief conversation, Officer Tippit got out of his car and as he was walking toward the front of his patrol car, Oswald suddenly shot him three times at point blank range with a .38 caliber revolver. After Officer Tippit fell, he was shot in the head by Oswald, which proved to be the fatal shot.

A citizen who witnessed the shooting used the police radio in Officer Tippit's patrol car to alert other officers of the shooting.

Oswald was apprehended hiding in a movie theater after he was seen by an alert citizen who witnessed the shooting of Officer Tippit.

Oswald was shot and killed two days later by a citizen while in police custody.

In January 1964, Officer Tippit was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor from the National Police Hall of Fame and also received the Police Medal of Honor, the Police Cross, and the Citizen's Traffic Commission Award of Heroism.

Officer Tippit served with the Dallas Police Department for 11 years. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army and recipient of the Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, parents, four brothers, two sisters, and his grandmother. He is buried in Laurel Land Memorial Park, in Dallas, Texas.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 11 years, 4 months
  • Badge 848
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Tippet: Thanks for your sacrifice to the citizens of Dallas, and for your service to the great state of Texas. On that faithful day I was in elementary school and the principal picked me to take a note to all of the other classes, to inform them about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I don't know why I was picked to take the note around, but I was part of the safety patrol and it was an honor to do so. However, it was a sad day. There was a lot of tears that day. I thank you as well for your service in the 17th Airborne. I too was a former paratrooper (509th, Vicenza, Italy). You were no doubt a cut above as the airborne was in WWII and in the present day. Thank you. The 17th Airborne was involved in the last large scale parachute jump/glider operation of the war (Wesel River/Germany). Casualties were very high. Thanks again for your service and sacrifice as a policemen and elite trooper. You honor this great nation.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

November 22, 2021

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