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Three people questioned after Gary, Ind., police officer gunned down

A police officer in Gary, Ind., was found shot dead in his patrol car after a driver noticed that he "seemed unresponsive."
By Frances Burns   |   July 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

GARY, Ind., July 7 (UPI) -- Three men were taken into custody hours after a Gary, Ind., police officer was found dead from gunfire in his patrol car.

Investigators said one of the men was a "person of interest" in the killing of Jeffrey Westerfield, 47. All three were arrested Sunday afternoon at a house about a block from the shooting.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said no one had been charged Sunday evening. He said the arrests followed a "series of tips."

Police Chief Wade Ingram said a passing motorist called 911 shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday to report that a police officer "seemed unresponsive."

Denise Cather, Westerfield's fiancee, said they planned a dinner out Sunday to celebrate his birthday.

"Wake up, look out your window and see six squad cars outside your house? You pretty much know what happened,'' Cather told WGN-TV. "That's a way to wake up, right?"

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