CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) -
Prosecutors charged a 24-year-old man Thursday in the shooting death of a
Gary police officer.
Lake County Prosecutor
Bernard Carter said that his office had filed a murder charge against Carl
Le’Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary in connection with the slaying of Officer
Jeffrey Westerfield on July 6, the officer’s 47th birthday.
Blount was being held on
charges of murder and criminal recklessness. He also was being held on a
warrant from neighboring Porter County.
According to a probable
cause affidavit, Blount picked up a gun and ran after being shot in the leg
during a domestic disturbance. He allegedly texted the woman, “Nice shot.”
A relative called 911, and
investigators said Westerfield had radioed for a description of Blount
shortly before he was shot.
surveillance camera footage and cellphone records to connect Blount with
During a cellphone
conversation with an acquaintance, Blount allegedly talked about dismantling
a gun, hiding the parts around the house and flushing the bullets down the
Police also found a photo
of a semi-automatic handgun sitting on a bed on Blount’s cellphone.
Investigators traced the
gun used to kill Westerfield to Indianapolis and discovered it had been
stolen. The affidavit did not make it clear how police obtained the gun.
Gary Mayor Karen
Freeman-Wilson said she was pleased charges had been filed.
“I hope this brings
a certain amount of relief to the family and the men and women of the Gary
Police Department,” she said in a statement.