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(CHAPTER IV - The Assassin)

saw the man enter the lobby," a recessed area extending about 15 feet between the sidewalk and the front door of his store.617 A police car made a U-turn, and as the sirens grew rainier, the man in the lobby "looked over his shoulder and turned around and walked up West Jefferson towards the theatre." 618 The man wore a T-shirt beneath his outer shirt and he had no jacket.619 Brewer said, "He just looked funny to me. * * * His hair was sort of messed up and looked like he had been running, and he looked scared, and he looked funny." 620

Mrs. Julia Postal, selling tickets at the box office of the Texas Theatre, heard police sirens and then saw a man as he "ducked into" the outer lobby space of the theatre near the ticket office. 620 Attracted by the sound of the sirens, Mrs. Postal stepped out of the box office and walked to the curb.622 Shortly thereafter, Johnny Brewer, who had come from the nearby shoestore, asked Mrs. Postal whether the fellow that had ducked in had bought a ticket.623 She said, "No; by golly, he didn't," and turned around, but the man was nowhere in sight.624 Brewer told Mrs. Postal that he had seen the man ducking into his place of business and that he had followed him to the theatre.625 She sent Brewer into the theatre to find the man and check the exits, told him about the assassination, and said "I don't know if this is the man they want. * * * but he is running from them for some reason." 626 She then called the police.627

At 1:45 p.m., the police radio stated, "Have information a suspect just went in the Texas Theatre on West Jefferson." 628 Patrol cars bearing at least 15 officers converged on the Texas Theatre.629 Patrolman M. N. McDonald, with Patrolmen R. Hawkins, T. A. Hutson, and C. T. Walker, entered the theatre from the rear.630 Other policemen entered the front door and searched the balcony.631 Detective Paul L. Bentley rushed to the balcony and told the projectionist to turn up the house lights.632 Brewer met McDonald and the other policemen at the alley exit door, stepped out onto the stage with them 633 and pointed out the man who had come into the theatre without paying. 634 The man was Oswald. He was sitting alone in the rear of the main floor of the theatre near the right center aisle.635 About six or seven people were seated on the theatre's main floor and an equal number in the balcony.636

McDonald first searched two men in the center of the main floor, about 10 rows from the front.637 He walked out of the row up the right center aisle.638 When he reached the row where the suspect was sitting, McDonald stopped abruptly and told the man to get on his feet. 639 Oswald rose from his seat, bringing up both hands.640 As McDonald started to search Oswald's waist for a gun, he heard him say, "Well, it's all over now." 641 Oswald then struck McDonald between the eyes with his left fist.; with his right hand he drew a gun from his waist.642 McDonald struck back with his right hand and grabbed the gun with his left hand.643 They both fell into the seats.644 Three other officers, moving toward the scuffle, grabbed Oswald from the front, rear and side.645 As McDonald fell into the seat with his left

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