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Dallas Police Honor Detective Cuffed To Oswald

Jack Rubinstein known as Jack Ruby (R) unloads his pistol 24 November 1963 in the underground parking garage of Dallas police headquarters at Lee Harvey Oswald (C), the former Marine charged with the assassination of President Kennedy. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Jack Rubinstein, known as Jack Ruby, unloads his pistol on November 24, 1963 in the underground parking garage of Dallas police headquarters at Lee Harvey Oswald, the former Marine charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) – The man in the cowboy hat handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot by Jack Ruby has received the police commendation award.

The award was presented Tuesday morning during a ceremony for retired Dallas police Detective Jim Leavelle. Police Chief David Brown says the detective of the year award will be named in Leavelle’s honor.

Leavelle, now 92, joined the Dallas police force in April 1950. He was among the lead detectives assigned to investigate the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the slaying of Officer J.D. Tippit.

A photo of the moment when Ruby shot the accused presidential assassin Oswald won the Pulitzer Prize. The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in downtown Dallas is in November.

(credit: L.P. Phillips/KRLD)

(credit: L.P. Phillips/KRLD)

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