Funeral arrangements announced for DeKalb officer killed in wreck

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a DeKalb County police officer who was killed early Saturday in a single-car wreck while responding to a call.

The funeral service for Officer Ivorie Klusmann will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at 6400 Wooddrow Road in Lithonia, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish announced Tuesday. A public viewing will be held the previous day from noon to 8 p.m. at Levitt’s Funeral Home at 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur.

The 32-year-old Klusmann, a father of two children, had been with the DeKalb police department since October 2012.

He was responding to a call around 2:45 a.m. Saturday when his police vehicle hit a tree near the intersection of DeKalb Medical Parkway and Heritage Park Trail. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Parish previously said.

Klusmann was going to the area where suspect Gregory Lee Harvey Jr. had been spotted by a fellow officer after an earlier pursuit involving Klusmann had been called off, police said.

Harvey, 27, who allegedly fled the initial traffic stop by Klusmann, was arrested Saturday and is charged with felony murder, reckless driving and theft by receiving a motor vehicle. Police said Harvey was driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee during the traffic stop.

There will be a police processional to Klusmann’s funeral beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday at StoneCrest Mall. Authorities urge residents and commuters traveling near StoneCrest Mall and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to use alternate routes due to road closures and traffic delays.

—Staff writer Bo Emerson contributed to this report.

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