Slain officer’s fiancee wants death penalty sought

Hundreds of police officers salute as family and friends escort the casket off Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield as they leave the Genesis Convention Center in Gary following funeral services, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. (AP Photo/The Times of Northwest Indiana, John Luke)
Hundreds of police officers salute as family and friends escort the casket off Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield as they leave the Genesis Convention Center in Gary following funeral services, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. (AP Photo/The Times of Northwest Indiana, John Luke)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The fiancee of a slain Gary police officer says she believes the death penalty should be sought against the man charged in the shooting.

Lake County authorities announced Thursday that a murder charge had been filed 24-year-old Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary for the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.

Denise Sheaks-Cather tells the Post-Tribune that Westerfield’s family can no longer see or talk with him and that Blount should be treated the same. Sheaks-Cather says she’ll attend every court hearing and doesn’t want to see any other families go through same tragedy.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says the prosecutor’s office will review the case before deciding whether to seek the death penalty.

A telephone message seeking comment was left for Blount’s public defender.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com

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