Two Police Officers Murdered After Responding to 911 Hang-Up

11 February, 2018, 05:30 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Two police officers were fatally shot in OH on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

"These were two of the best we have", Morbitzer said. "They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them", Morbitzer said.

"The officers gave their lives in defense of others", Morbitzer said, struggling to keep his emotions in check.

The suspect in the shooting is in custody, officials said.

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One of the officers, 54-year-old Eric Joering, was killed instantly. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The officers responded after police received a 911 call and the caller hung up.

The chief described how Joering and Morelli reached the residence eight minutes after the 911 hang-up call was logged at 12:10 p.m., in the suburban city about 20 miles north of Columbus.

CBS Columbus affiliate WBNS posted images that showed multiple police cruisers at the scene.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich, who calls Westerville his home town, said the officers' "deaths are a awful tragedy for my hometown of Westerville and all of Ohio".

They were the first Westerville officers killed in the line of duty.

"I am very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers today", Kasich tweeted.

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