Death penalty sought in shooting death of Gary cop

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)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana prosecutor has notified the court he plans to seek the death penalty for a man charged with murder in the shooting death of a Gary police officer.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville report an amended information was filed Tuesday against 26-year-old Carl Blountof Gary, adding a death sentence request in the death of 47-year-old Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield.

Court records show Blount is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on Wednesday. He previously was charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. He is being held Lake County Jail without bail.

Westerfield was shot while sitting in his patrol car early on July 6 while searching for Blount. Court records state he was shot at close range with a handgun stolen in Indianapolis.

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