Two Ohio police officers killed in afternoon shooting, suspect in custody

11 February, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Christina Harvey
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Two police officers were fatally shot on Saturday in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, as they responded to a potential domestic violence situation following a 911 hang-up call, police said.

Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were "immediately met with gunfire" when they arrived around noon at an apartment in Westerville, Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters.

"These were two of the best we had".

Police will hold a press conference around 3:30pm Saturday.

The Fraternal Order of Police of OH asks anyone who wishes to support the families to donate at GoFundMe.com/FOPLodge9HelpFund.




A teenager who lives across the street says he heard five or six shots and then saw police cars pulling up. "This was their calling and they did it right, they knew how to do policing the right way, both of them". Forty-six-year-old Jennifer Ripperger says the neighborhood of townhomes is a mix of renters and owners.

Westerville sits northeast of Columbus. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

No other details have been made available.

We are deeply saddened to report that one of our officers has been killed in the line of duty.

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