Hopkins was a sergeant in the Dallas Police Reserves in 1963. After working motorcade crowd control, he was on dispatch duty when he took a call from the Texas Theatre box office reporting that a suspicious-looking man–later determined to be Oswald–had entered without paying. His many other assignments that weekend included guarding Oswald inside his cell, guarding Jack Ruby, and guarding the entrances to both Dallas City Hall and Parkland Memorial Hospital’s emergency room. Recorded on January 8, 2003.
Mr. Hopkins passed away on February 1, 2008.