Three In Custody After Gary Policeman Fatally Shot

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July 7, 2014 — The Associated Press — Authorities have a “person of interest” and two other people in custody after a Gary police officer was found shot to death in his patrol car.

Police Chief Wade Ingram Jr. told the “Post-Tribune” that the person was taken into custody hours after Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was found dead on his 47th birthday.  No charges have been announced and a motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately clear.  Police didn’t identify the “person of interest” as of late last night because he had not yet been charged, but they expected to release more details today.

Cpl. Gabrielle King says the 18-year police department veteran was working the midnight shift. She says a citizen called police about 5:45 a.m. Sunday to report an officer bleeding in his car.  Westerfield was pronounced dead at the scene.  The last Gary police officer killed in the line of duty was Patrolman Benjamin Wilcher Jr. whose car crashed during an August 2007 pursuit.


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