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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Dear J.D. -
I haven’t written for a while, but I continue to think of you and your family, particularly on November 22nd of each passing year. I am so happy that you and your dear wife Marie are together again, along with one of your boys. What a joyous reunion yesterday for you and Marie after 57 years!! Through the reflection of someone else on 11/22/20, I have just learned that you were in the 17th Airborne Division during WWII, as was my father, Phillip L. Wright, Jr. I fervently hope you knew each other — two dedicated patriots of The Greatest Generation. Again, thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice you made on November 22, 1963. You will never be forgotten. I look forward to meeting you; hope you, Daddy, & Billy Walls will meet me at the Gate when my time comes.
With love and gratitude.

Susan Wright Prater

March 3, 2021

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