Services set for slain Gary police officer

Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Memorial services for a slain Gary police officer will be held at the city’s downtown convention center.

Kuiper Funeral Home says visitation for Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Genesis Convention Center. His funeral service is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Monday at the same place.

Authorities say Westerfield was found fatally shot inside his patrol car early Sunday — the day he turned 47 years old.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Tuesday investigators are “fairly confident” that a man arrested hours after the shooting is the person who shot Westerfield, but he hasn’t yet been charged in his death.

Westerfield is survived by his fiancee and four daughters. Officials say his ex-wife is a Gary police officer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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