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Buncich: ‘Very, very, very, very close’ to charges in cop’s shooting

John Buncich

John Buncich

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Updated: August 17, 2014 6:30AM



GARY — The investigation into last week’s shooting death of Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield continues as Lake County detectives amass evidence against the suspect who is in custody on unrelated felony charges.

“We are very, very, very, very close,” Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Tuesday.

He said police have received “some information coming through” as a result of the reward he offered last week.

Westerfield, 47, was found shot to death about 5:50 a.m. July 6 as he sat behind the wheel of his squad car at 26th Avenue and Van Buren Place. His emergency lights were activated and he was holding his microphone when the assailant shot him from outside the car.

“We just want to present the most solid case,” Buncich said.

Police arrested three people hours after Westerfield’s body was discovered, and one is still being held in Lake County Jail pending charges.

A reward offered by Buncich would give $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the conviction of Westerfield’s killer.



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