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Patrolman James R. Gary Police Department, Indiana


James R. "J.R." Boyce, Jr.

Gary Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, October 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 642

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman J.R. Boyce was off duty returning home from his shift when he was shot and killed after he responded to a robbery-in-progress at Jackson's Steak House on Dunes Highway. He was shot several times as two suspects exited the restaurant's side door.

The suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. One offender was killed in a 1977 escape attempt from the Lake County Jail. Another offender was denied parole on November 2, 2006.

Patrolman Boyce was a second-generation officer with the Gary Police Department and had served for six years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and sister. His father had served for 20 years with the department and his son currently serves as chief of police with the Kouts Police Department.

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i have had the great honor of meeting your son and he is great man and has carried your name with respect and honor. Thank you for severing our department.

Ofc S Russell
Gary Police Department
October 9, 2015


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