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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 298« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of M.n. Mcdonald)

Mr. Mcdonald.
Expressway. I believe we took the Jefferson exit and drove up to the 400 block of East Jefferson.
Mr. Ball.
Patton is about a block to the north of Jefferson?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Patton runs across Jefferson. Tenth and Patton.
Mr. Ball.
Patton runs north and south?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Tenth Street is a block north of Jefferson?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
How did you happen to go to the 400 block on Jefferson?
Mr. Mcdonald.
I was stopped by other officers there. They wanted to search a house. So I relieved my partner to go to help the supervisors search this house, in the 400 block of East Jefferson. Then I went around to the alleys, and started cruising the alley in my squad car.
Mr. Ball.
And did you get a call over your radio to go to a certain place?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Well, there was a report from the dispatcher that a suspect was seen running into the public library at Marsalis and Jefferson.
Mr. Ball.
You went down there?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir. I went directly to Denver Street, which is an alley at that point. It is still designated as Denver Street. I parked the squad car, took my shotgun, and went to the west basement entrance to the public library, and ordered the people in the basement, in the library outside. They came out with their hands up.
The boy immediately said that he had just run into the library to tell the people that the President had been shot. He was a much younger person than what was broadcast on description on the radio.
Mr. Ball.
You had heard a broadcast?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes.
Mr. Ball.
Of a description, of someone to look for?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
What did you hear?
Mr. Mcdonald.
White male, approximately 27 years old, 5 foot 10, weight about 145 pounds, wearing light clothing.
Mr. Ball.
When did you hear that? About what time?
Mr. Mcdonald.
It came Out on the radio as I was coming to Oak Cliff. There was another general description given on the way to the Texas School Book Depository at Elm and Houston Streets. But it was a vague description.
Mr. Ball.
The first description that you heard of a man to look for was on the way downtown to the Texas School Book Depository?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
What was that description?
Mr. Mcdonald.
White male, approximately 27, 29 years old, and he had a white shirt on, weighed about 160 pounds.
Mr. Ball.
And that was about 12:40 you got that?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
Now, this later description you got was what point in your travel to Oak Cliff?
Mr. Mcdonald.
This was approximately 1:20, or 1:17.
Mr. Ball.
That was after you had heard that Tippit--that the officer had been shot?
Mr. McDONALD, Yes, sir.
Mr. Ball.
And what was that description?
Mr. Mcdonald.
Well, it was 5 foot 10, white male, 27 years old, wearing a white shirt.
Mr. Ball.
Now, as you were cruising the alleys, you had gone into the library basement, and gone to cruising the alleys, did you hear something else over the radio that drew your attention to another part.
Mr. Mcdonald.
Just to report to the public library.
Mr. Ball.
After that. Did you receive a report?
Mr. Mcdonald.
After I was satisfied that this teenager that had run into the library didn't fit the description, I went back to my squad car, put my shotgun back in the rack. Just as I got into the squad car, it was reported that a suspect was seen running into the Texas Theatre, 231 West Jefferson.
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