Update: suspect in custody after gary police officer found dead

(WTHI File Photo)
(WTHI File Photo)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — 7/6 UPDATE: Officials say they have a suspect in custody in connection to the murder of a Gary police officer.

Police Chief Wade Ingram Jr. told the Post-Tribune 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.

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary Police Department says an officer has been found shot to death in his patrol car.

A police spokeswoman says 47-year-old Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was found early Sunday after a concerned citizen called police and reported an officer bleeding in his car. Spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King says Westerfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

She says investigators don’t know why he was shot or who was responsible. She says it’s not clear how many times he had been shot.

King says the 18-year-veteran was working the midnight shift.

She says Westerfield was found at 26th and Van Buren Streets in a residential area. That’s about a block south of Roosevelt High School.

The Post-Tribune and The (Munster) Times report a manhunt is underway for a suspect in the shooting.

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