Jeffrey westerfield

Ambushed while responding to a call.

Via Daily Mail

An Indiana police officer was found shot to death in his patrol car on Sunday on what coincidentally was the Operation Desert Storm veteran’s 47th birthday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says it has taken three young men into custody in connection with the apparent murder of Gary police Officer Jeffrey Brady Westerfield, one of those men has been referred to by officers as ‘a person of interest.’

Westerfield’s body was found slumped in the driver’s seat of his patrol car about 5:45 a.m. Sunday by a person driving near the intersection of Gary’s 26th and Van Buren streets. The motorist noticed that the patrol car’s lights were on as it sat parked on the side of the road.

Police say the officer had responded to a call in the area, but wouldn’t say what that call was related to.

‘At this time we are not in a position to elaborate on that,’ Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson tells ABC 7.

However, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said at a morning news conference that Westerfield’s death might be related to a call the officer answered earlier that morning.

‘We don’t think it was a traffic stop,’ the chief said. ‘It may have stemmed from something earlier… We do have several leads.’

Just hours later, at about 9 a.m., tactical teams as wells as state, local and federal law enforcement officials surrounded a house just a block-and-a-half from the intersection where Westerfield’s body was found.

The entire area was shut down for nearly six hours, according to ABC 7. At 3 p.m., the tactical teams moved on the house alongside an armored vehicle.

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