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John Gibson

  • Birth 29 Mar 1956 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 24 Jul 1998 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 28, Lot#140, Map Grid U-42
  • Memorial ID 3261

Victim of 1998 US Capitol shooting. Sworn in as a police officer in 1980, he was a United States capitol police detective at the time of his death. He was assigned to the dignitary protection detail of Congressman Tom DeLay. The shooter was Russell Eugene Weston Jr., he first shot and killed Officer Jacob Chestnut outside Representative Tom Delay's congressional office. John confronted the suspect and was also shot. Despite being mortally wounded, John was able to return fire and wounded the suspect. The suspect was found mentally unfit to stand trial. A memorial service was held in the Capitol on July 28, 1998. Among those in attendance were President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. The coffins of John and Jacob were displayed in the United States Capitol rotunda, an honor usually reserved for former Presidents, members of Congress, or military heroes. John was posthumously awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart. His name is engraved in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial's west wall. On the east lawn of the Capitol, Democratic and Republican lawmakers planted a tree in memory of John and Jacob. John was a native of Boston, Massachusetts and leaves behind his wife and three children.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Jul 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3261
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Gibson (29 Mar 1956–24 Jul 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3261, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .