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Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Officer J.D. Tippit

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By Larry D. Moore, September 6, 2019
1. Officer J.D. Tippit Marker
Inscription.  On November 22 1963, at this intersection, Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, 45 minutes after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza. After the assassination, Oswald fled to his rooming house in Oak Cliff, in a neighborhood where Officer Tippit was assigned. While on patrol and traveling east on 10th St., having just crossed Patton St., Tippit stopped Oswald, who was walking on the sidewalk. After a brief conversation with him through the passenger window, Tippit exited his police car, at which time Oswald fired three shots across the hood, striking Tippit as he pulled his gun. Oswald then came around the rear of the car and fired a fourth shot. Oswald left the area. Temple Bowley, a citizen, stopped and used Tippit's radio to call for help. Officer Tippit was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Oswald appeared at Hardy's Shoe Store shortly after manager Johnny C. Brewer heard a radio broadcast that a police officer had been shot and killed nearby. Brewer followed Oswald to the Texas Theater, where employee Julia Postal called police due to Brewer's
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By Larry D. Moore, September 6, 2019
2. Officer J.D. Tippit Marker Area
suspicion. There, Oswald attempted to shoot arresting officer M.N. McDonald.

Tippit, who left behind a wife and three children, is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park. In 1964, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor from the National Police Hall of Fame, the Police Medal of Honor, the Police Cross, and the Citizens Traffic Commission Award of Heroism. Although the intersection of 10th and Patton streets has changed, Officer Tippit's actions and subsequent murder at this site are remembered for setting into motion a series of events that led directly to Oswald's arrest.
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17284.)
Location. 32° 44.84′ N, 96° 49.12′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of East Tenth Street and North Patton Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Tenth Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75208, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oak Cliff United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tenth Street Historic District Freedman's Town (approx. 0.8 miles away); Western Heights Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); A. H. Belo Corporation (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Dallas Morning News
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(approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of First Ferry and Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Grassy Knoll (approx. 2.3 miles away); Kennedy Assassination Route (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.
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