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 people killed
inside the United States Capitol
during a 1998 shooting rampage.
Gibson was a native of Boston
. His wife, Lynn, was the niece of Representative Joe Moakley
, a Democrat
from Massachusetts. The couple had three children, a daughter and two boys.
Gibson was sworn in as a police officer
in 1980. He worked for the United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.
, and was a resident of Woodbridge
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
A memorial service was held in the Capitol on July 28, 1998. Among those in attendance were... Read More