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Detective who helped arrest Oswald dies

Paul Bentley, the Dallas police detective who gained notoriety for participating in the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, has died.

Bentley, who was retired, died Monday following a lengthy illness, said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, police spokesman.

The detective participated in Oswald's arrest inside the Texas Theatre shortly after the shooting of Officer J.D. Tippit on Nov. 22, 1963 -- the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Oswald, according to official reports, killed the president, but was stopped a while later by Tippit. Witnesses said a man matching Oswald's description fatally shot the officer and walked away.

Police later tracked him to the Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of southwest Dallas.

"Oswald was seated in the middle of a row when officers converged on him from all sides and arrested him," Janse said. "Detective Bentley is the plain clothes detective in the now famous photo of Oswald being led out of the theater.

"Up until his death, autographed photos of that photo were still being requested from Detective Bentley."

A graveside service for Bentley will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Grove Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, 3920 Samuell Blvd, in Dallas.

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