John Gibson (police officer)
March 29, 1956|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
July 24, 1998 (aged 42)|
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.|
Kristin, Daniel and John (children)
|Awards||Law Enforcement Purple Heart|
|Department||United States Capitol Police|
|Years of service||1980 – 1998|
John Michael Gibson (March 29, 1956 – July 24, 1998) was a United States Capitol Police detective assigned to the dignitary protection detail of Congressman Tom DeLay. Gibson was one of two police officers killed inside the United States Capitol during a 1998 shooting rampage.
|Murder of John Gibson|
|Part of U.S. Capitol shooting incident (1998)|
United States Capitol|
July 24, 1998 |
3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
|Weapons||.38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver|
|Deaths||Two: Jacob Chestnut, John Gibson|
|Three: Angela Dickerson (tourist), Douglas McMillian (USCP officer), Russell Eugene Weston Jr.|
|Perpetrator||Russell Eugene Weston, Jr.|
On July 24, 1998, shooting suspect Russell Eugene Weston Jr. entered the United States Capitol. He shot and killed Officer Jacob Chestnut outside Representative Tom Delay's congressional office. Gibson confronted the suspect and was also shot. Despite being mortally wounded, Gibson was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.
Weston was known to the United States Secret Service prior to the incident as a person who had threatened the President of the United States. 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 Gibson and Chestnut were displayed in the United States Capitol rotunda, an honor usually reserved for former Presidents, members of Congress, or military heroes. Gibson was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and posthumously awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart. His name is engraved in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial's west wall.
On July 24, 2008, members of Congress paused for a moment of silence to mark the shooting's ten-year anniversary. On the east lawn of the Capitol, Democratic and Republican lawmakers planted a tree in memory of Gibson and Chestnut.
- Gibson funeral Mass, washingtonpost.com; accessed November 1, 2014.
- Schmitt, Eric (July 27, 1998). "Capitol Hill Slayings: The Police; Congress to Pay Tribute to Slain Officers". The New York Times. p. A13. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- Ashabranner, Brent K.; Ashabranner, Jennifer (2000). Badge of Valor: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Brookfield, Connecticut: Twenty-First Century Books. p. 11. ISBN 0-7613-1522-5. OCLC 43526707. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- "Slain Capitol policemen praised as 'American heroes'". CNN. July 26, 1998. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- Frieden, Terry (April 22, 1999). "Weston found incompetent to stand trial for Capitol shooting". CNN. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- Reilly, Daniel W. (July 24, 2008). "Capitol pauses to honor slain police officers". The Politico. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
| Persons who have lain in state or honor
in the United States Capitol rotunda
(with Jacob Chestnut)
July 28, 1998