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Gary police officer found shot dead in patrol car

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

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King 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. Westerfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

She says investigators don't know why he was shot, how many times he was shot or who was responsible.

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.

Police Chief Wade Ingram Jr. told the Post-Tribune a person of interest was taken into custody today. No charges have been announced and a motive for the shooting wasn't immediately clear.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement regarding Westerfield's murder as well as another officer shot and killed in Indianapolis over the weekend.

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the two Indiana police officers killed in the line of duty in the last 24 hours. The deaths of Indianapolis Metro Police Officer Perry Renn and Gary Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Brady Westerfield follow last week’s death of Tipton County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Calvin, whose funeral will be held Monday. On behalf of the First Lady and Hoosiers everywhere, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to those who knew these officers as family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors.”

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