Patrolman
James R. 'J.R.' Boyce Jr.
Gary Police Department
Saturday, October 5, 1974

Age: 32
Served: 6 years
Badge #: 642
Military Service:
Panel 63W, Line 16
Panel L33, Line 12

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, October 5, 1974
01:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
5101 East Dunes Highway, Gary
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Info:
Sentenced to life
Burial Location:
Calvary Cemetery, Portage

   Patrolman James 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. 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. He was 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.