Charges filed in shooting death of Gary police officer

Jeffrey Westerfield was killed in the line of duty on his 47th birthday. Now the man accused of gunning down that Gary police officer is charged with murder.

The Lake County Sheriff says Carl Blount, 25, was initially arrested on July 6, the day of the shooting, and held on several warrants while investigators worked to piece together their case.

The clock stopped today when the Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced murder charges against Blount.

“We miss our dad,” said Westerfield’s oldest daughter Allie. “He was a great guy and a great police officer.”

Investigators believe Blount pulled the trigger at close range after Westerfield spotted Blount during a search.

Westerfield was looking for Blount after responding to a domestic call where a gun was fired. Police say Blount and his girlfriend struggled over the gun after he tried to pull the gun on her. He was upset after being accused of cheating.

“A murder of a police officer, we take it very seriously,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said.

Buncich says Westerfield did not even get a chance to pull his own gun.

Tipped off by his half-brother, police closed in on Blount. Deputies say the gun he used, stolen from Indianapolis in September 2013, is still missing.

Westerfield’s family is thankful for the arrest and chooses to see the silver lining in this very painful and dark cloud.

“I’m very proud,” Allie Westerfield said. “I wish my dad was still here obviously, but knowing that he died protecting the people he loved, the people of the city, makes me extremely proud to be his daughter.”

Blount has a long rap sheet, including battery of law enforcement, strangulation and drug possession. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 65 years in prison. Prosecutors are now deciding whether to pursue the death penalty in this case.

 

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