Slain Cleveland police officer’s funeral changed to Rocket Mortgage Field House

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The funeral for slain Cleveland police Det. James Skernivitz will now take place at Rocket Mortgage Field House instead of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

The start time for the service changed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the arena that is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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

Skervinitz was working undercover on Thursday with informant Scott Dingess. Both sat in Skernivitz’s unmarked police car behind a mostly abandoned strip mall on West 67th Place, near the intersection of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue.

Three people walked up to the car and opened fire, according to police and court records. Both Skernivitz and Dingess died.

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

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

Three people — ages 18, 17 and 15 — are charged in connection with the shooting.

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