CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians will hold a moment of silence during Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers to honor Detective James Skernivitz, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday night.
In addition to a moment of silence, the Indians will also fly the flag at Progressive Field at half staff for Skernivitz.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Det. Skernivitz, as he spent many years at Progressive Field keeping fans safe,” the team posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.
Tonight, we will fly the flag at half staff and have a moment of silence in honor of @CLEpolice Det. James Skernivitz, who was killed in the line of duty.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Det. Skernivitz, as he spent many years at Progressive Field keeping fans safe. pic.twitter.com/haNzIi5MLD
Skernivitz, a 25-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Police, was shot and killed in the 3200 block of West 65th Street around 10 p.m. Thursday. He was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he died from his injuries, police said.
Another person, whom police say was not a suspect, was pronounced dead at the scene. That person, who is still unidentified, was a passenger in Skernivitz's car, according to a statement from the Cleveland City Council.
Sources confirmed that Skernivitz was part of Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement effort taking place in cities across the country, including Cleveland.
Police have arrested three people in connection with the shooting death of Skernivitz, a source familiar with the investigation told News 5.
On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags at all public buildings and grounds throughout Cuyahoga County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower in Columbus, to be flown at half-staff. Flags will remain lowered until sunset on the day of Skernivitz’s funeral.