Funeral for slain Cleveland cop has been changed to Rocket Mortgage Field House


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The funeral of the Cleveland Police Detective. James Skernivitz will now take place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse instead of St. John the Evangelist’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.

Service start time remains at 10 a.m. Friday at the arena which is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Skernivitz, a 22-year-old police veteran, is survived by a wife and three children. Calling hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights.

JACK Entertainment spokesperson Aleksandra Breault said free parking will be available in the downtown casino parking lot on Ontario Street, just south of Prospect Avenue.

Skervinitz was working undercover Thursday with informant Scott Dingess. The two were sitting in the unmarked Skernivitz police car behind a mostly abandoned shopping mall on West 67th Place, near the intersection of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue.

Three people approached the car and opened fire, according to police and court records. Skernivitz and Dingess are dead.

Cleveland Police wrote in court records that they believed the shooting was part of an attempted robbery.

Skernivitz worked as an undercover detective in the department’s gang unit. Undercover agents wear civilian clothes, drive unmarked cars, and do not wear body cameras.

Three people – aged 18, 17 and 15 – are charged in connection with the shooting.

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