One officer was found dead in his patrol car in Gary
The second was killed in a shootout in Indianapolis
Two police officers in Indiana were killed in separate shootings in what was a violent holiday weekend in the state.
In Gary, Officer Jeffrey Westerfield, a 19-year veteran of the police department, was killed early Sunday morning while responding to a call.
It was his 47th birthday, CNN affiliate WLS reported.
The police department called the father of four’s death a “senseless act of violence.”
Authorities took three men in for questioning in connection with the shooting, CNN affiliate WLS reported.
A day earlier in Indianapolis, Officer Perry Renn, a 21-year veteran, was killed while responding to a call of shots fired, the city’s police department said.
Renn and another officer were approaching a group of people in an alley Saturday night when a gunman shot at the officers, the department said.
Police returned fire, but Renn was fatally struck in the shootout.
“This is a sad day for the IMPD family and the community as a whole,” Police Chief Rick Hite said.
The suspected gunman, 25-year-old Major Davis Jr., was also struck but survived. Authorities expect Davis to be charged with murder.
Davis’ grandmother told CNN affiliate WISH-TV, his family has had prior run-ins with police. Davis’ father died of a heart attack while in police custody when Davis was a teenager, the family said.
“He wasn’t a bad person. His father was killed by IMPD. That is enough to hurt a person and scar him for life,” Davis’ grandmother, Pam Moornan, told WISH.
The death of Renn capped a violent Saturday in Indianapolis, which also saw police responding to the shooting of six men and one woman in a popular bar district, Indianapolis police Lt. Chris Bailey said.
One man was in critical condition, and the others suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.
Police have not identified a suspect in that shooting, and the motive remains unclear.