Police ID officers killed while responding to call in Ohio

WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Two police officers are dead, and another is injured following a shooting in Ohio Saturday.

Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, responded to a 911 hang-up around 11:30 a.m. and were fired on when they arrived at the address around 12:10 p.m.

The incident happened about 25 miles north of Columbus, according to police.

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said Joering died on the scene and Morelli at a local hospital.

“These were two of the best we had,” Morbitzer said. “This was their calling and they did it right, they knew how to do policing the right way, both of them.”

The scene is still active. The Columbus Division of Police will be handling the investigation.

A suspect is in custody and has been transported to a local hospital, according to police.

The city of Westerville said on Twitter that it is “deeply saddened.”


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