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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I was 8 years old when officer Tippit was ambushed. President Kennedy’s murder was the news that day and it was much later before I understood the sickening thing that happened in Oak Cliff that afternoon. I understand that officer Tippit had been on the Dallas force for eleven years and had been honored at least twice already for his bravery.
Near the Dallas Convention Center there is a patrol car, a near-perfect replica of JD’s own patrol car bearing his car# in his honor. I pass it several times a week on Griffen Street near I-30 and have yet to be numded by passing years. This still hurts my heart, a guy who grew up in Kittery, Maine, who was but a pipsqueak on the day officer Tippet fell. No honor could be high enough to suit this situation. JD was one of us, a husband and a dad, who was working nights and weekends on top of his police duties. I wish I could make my life count as much as he did.

Joey Paradis

February 16, 2019

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