Marker Unveiled for Officer Slain After JFK - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Marker Unveiled for Officer Slain After JFK



    Marker Unveiled for Officer Slain After JFK
    Marie Tippit, widow of Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit who was slain during the search for President Kennedy’s assassin, is led weeping from Beckley Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, Nov. 25, 1963 after funeral services for her husband. (Inset: an undated photo of J.D. Tippit)

    Dallas police and schools officials are dedicating a historical marker to the police officer shot by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    Officer J.D. Tippit was killed 45 minutes after Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Tippit was patrolling the Oak Cliff neighborhood when he spotted Oswald walking down a street. Oswald would shoot him four times.

    A passerby used Tippit's police radio to call in the shooting. Oswald was later arrested in the nearby Texas Theatre.

    Tippit's widow, Marie, attended a Tuesday ceremony to unveil the marker across the street from the shooting site.

    With the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaching, Dallas officials preparing for a rush of tourists and interest in perhaps the most notorious day in the city's history.