Jim Leavelle (Law Enforcement Officer)

Jim Leavelle

James Robert Leavelle was a Dallas Police Department homicide detective who, on November 24, 1963, was escorting John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald through the basement of Dallas Police headquarters when Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. Several photographs—including one that won a Pulitzer Prize—were taken of Oswald just before and as Ruby pulled the trigger.

Born: James Robert Leavelle, August 23, 1920, Red River County, Texas, U.S.
Died: August 29, 2019, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Nationality: American
Occupation: Detective
Spouse(s): Taimi (died 2014)
Children: Karla, Tanya

About Jim Leavelle

Dallas detective who was walking with John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald at the time of Oswald’s murder at the hands of Jack Ruby. The killing happened in the lower level of the Dallas Police Department’s Headquarters.

Before Fame

During World War II, he served in the United States Navy and was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Many of the articles of clothing he wore on the infamous day of November 24th, 1963 were displayed at Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum.

Family Life

He grew up in Red River County, Texas.


He was escorting Lee Harvey Oswald right after Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy.

Information related to Jim Leavelle

  • Dallas Police Department
  • Civilian Conservation Corps people
  • American police detectives
  • People associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • American municipal police officers
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Latest information about Jim Leavelle updated on August 28, 2020.

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