Gary man charged in 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)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in the shooting death of a Gary police officer.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter announced Thursday that his office had filed a charge of murder against 24-year-old Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary in connection with the slaying of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield on July 6, the officer’s 47th birthday.

A probable cause affidavit says Blount was fleeing a domestic disturbance when he encountered Westerfield and shot him with a .40-caliber handgun. Investigators used surveillance camera footage and a photo from Blount’s cellphone to link him to the slaying.

Blount also was being held at the Lake County Jail on a charge of criminal recklessness and a warrant from neighboring Porter County.

A telephone message seeking comment was left for Blount’s public defender.


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