2 Officers Killed While Investigating 911 Call in Ohio

Suspect is in custody
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2018 4:58 PM CST
Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.   (Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
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(Newser) – Two Ohio police officers were killed in a shooting Saturday afternoon in a Columbus suburb, CBS News reports. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, someone called 911 from an address in Westerville around noon then hung up. Police chief Joe Morbitzer says officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were "immediately met with gunfire" when they went to the address to investigate. Joering was killed at the scene, and Morelli later died at the hospital. The suspect was taken into custody, and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Mobitzer calls the 39-year-old Morelli and 54-year-old Joering "true American heroes." "We will miss both of these officers because they were pillars in our department," he says. "They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them." President Trump sent thoughts and prayers to the officers, their families, and the police department in a tweet.

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