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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. The 19-year-old offender was again denied parole in November 2016.
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 had served as chief of police with the Kouts Police Department.