Sheriff offers reward in Gary officer’s death

An ambulance takes away one of the suspects in the shooting death of veteran Gary Police officer Jeff Westerfield in Gary, Ind., Sunday, July 6, 2014. The officer was found dead in his car Sunday morning. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Lake County sheriff is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the shooting death of a Gary police officer.

The Post-Tribune reports Sheriff John Buncich offered the reward Wednesday, three days after Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was found dead in his patrol car.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson had said Tuesday she was “fairly confident” that a person of interest who’s been held since Sunday was the person responsible for Westerfield’s slaying.

Westerfield, a 19-year police veteran and the father of four daughters, died on his 47th birthday. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. 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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