Police chase ends in fatality

A Gary police officer is dead after his police cruiser collided with another police car.

The flag at the Gary Police Department is at half-staff in honor of Officer Bernard Wilcher.

Wilcher was 28 years old and had worked with the Gary Police Department for about a year.

He was chasing a suspect at the time of the accident early Sunday morning.

Police say a suspect was arrested in the incident.

“He had a lot of heart, an excellent policeman, hardworking -- it's tearing us all out. When something like this happens to one of us, it reaches in and tears all our hearts out,” said Sergeant Tim Somers, of the Gary Police Department.

The other officer involved in the accident suffered injuries that are not considered life threatening.

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