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

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

Gary Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, October 5, 1974

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

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 in 2006 and 2022.

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.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 642

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery in progress

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Rest in peace Patrolman Boyce.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 28, 2020

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