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Gary police officer found shot dead in patrol car

GARY, Ind. (AP) - A Gary police officer was found shot to death Sunday in his patrol car and a person of interest was taken into custody, authorities said.

Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was found dead about 5:45 a.m. after a citizen called police and reported an officer bleeding in his car, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King told The Associated Press.

Westerfield, whose 47th birthday was Sunday, was pronounced dead at the scene in a residential area about a block south of Roosevelt High School, officers said.

Police Chief Wade Ingram Jr. told the Post-Tribune that investigators took the person of interest into custody about 3 p.m. Sunday. No charges were announced and a motive for the shooting wasn't immediately clear.

Ingram said Westerfield had responded to a call in the area where he was found dead a few hours earlier.

The last Gary police officer killed in the line of duty was Patrolman Benjamin Wilcher Jr. whose car crashed during an August 2007 pursuit.

Sam Abegg, president of the Gary Fraternal Order of Police, said he worked with Westerfield for five years when he was in patrol and that everyone loved working with him.

"He was someone you wanted to have there with you," Abegg told the Post-Tribune.

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ddeanrivera July 07 2014 at 2:05 AM

A police officer dies in the line of duty. Where are all the civil rights group? When some punk ass criminal gets beat up or killed ******** like Al, Jesse, MAPA, ACLU and the like come out in defense of the scum bags pleading excessive force. These scums are no where to be found when a law enforcement officer gets hurt or killed. RIP Sir!

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The Canoli King July 06 2014 at 10:00 PM

I'm not into organized religion,but I hope this fellow human being, Patrolman Westerfield, that was selected to serve and protect will find PEACE ,in the after-life, freed him of all the pain that was inflicted upon him on this earth. May he Please be at PEACE.

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dredselw July 06 2014 at 11:19 PM

From the looks of the house they are probably dirt bags. I hope they are put to death if found guilty. Police never know what to expect on a call. RIP!

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donpantanella dredselw July 06 2014 at 11:41 PM

I you think they were dirt bags just wait for the comments tomorrow from the lovely group that will show up here to spread their hatred for policemen. Try not to puke.

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bearmeans donpantanella July 07 2014 at 6:07 PM

let them scum reply time for public lynchings !

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max13722 dredselw July 07 2014 at 8:35 PM

There's only one suspect, the others in the house were just taken in for questioning and will probably be released tomorrow. The guy who did the actual shooting just ran to that house afterwards. But he's gonna pay. We still have the death penalty here.

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plewdawg July 07 2014 at 7:24 AM

Let me go out on a limb here. Inner city blue district, Strongly Liberal Democrat, voted for Obama twice and are receiving "entitlements" and I don't think they are crackers.

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RON July 07 2014 at 7:45 AM

R.I.P. Brother we got your watch covered while u look down on us God Speed

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willspy4money July 07 2014 at 1:06 AM

My thoughts and that of our staff go with this family. Every cop knows that death is just a few feet away at all times....too bad that he did not kill his attackers or at least one!
May God Rest his Soul
John J. Nazarian

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morob54 willspy4money July 07 2014 at 7:19 AM

SORRY cops job not even in the top ten most dangerous jobs . GARBAGEMEN number 5 or 6 . But they hype it lie there`s death around every corner . HOW MANY INOcCENT CIVILIANS BEEN KILLED BY COPS ?????????????

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telvis morob54 July 07 2014 at 8:39 AM

How many garbage men face violent criminals? Most people taking out the trash don't carry guns.HOW MANY INNOCENT COPS HAVE BEEN KILLED BY CIVILIANS???????????????????? Bet you or anyone else bi*ching about cops would not have the courage to do it.

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gongdark willspy4money July 07 2014 at 10:13 AM

I can understand that you misspelled your handle, considering that the "b" and the "n' are right next to each other.

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ectullis July 06 2014 at 9:57 PM

Tragic. Nwxt article

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dawneeg ectullis July 07 2014 at 9:50 AM

Wtf are you babbling about?

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ht4cycle July 07 2014 at 9:43 AM

This is sad but why do they make it out to be anymore tragic that it was his birthday. Would it have been better if it had been the day before or after? NO! The birthday doesn't matter folks. He was killed in his car. Some chickenshit punk is out there feeling all that because he doesn't have the guts to face another human being straight up.

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morob54 ht4cycle July 07 2014 at 7:22 PM

ALMOST all your cops take away there guns n badges they would not say more thann a church mouse in any inner city . they pee there pants if you dropped them off in one .

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max13722 morob54 July 07 2014 at 8:32 PM

I'll make you a deal. You come to Gary, In. say that to one of our faces and see where it lands you. You sit behind your keyboard where it's safe and then talk about how other people wouldn't say anything.

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ranger197172 July 07 2014 at 1:07 AM

And people badmouth cops and wonder why they are paranoid. They deserve everyones respect. They put their lives on the line daily.

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morob54 ranger197172 July 07 2014 at 7:21 AM

WHEN they start giving respect MAYBe they start getting it .

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bearmeans morob54 July 07 2014 at 6:09 PM

why because we have to put up with punk uneducated moronic scum bags !!

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dan_crabtree ranger197172 July 07 2014 at 4:23 PM

just die please

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