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2 Westerville police killed responding to 911 hang-up call

February 10th, 2018 - Comments »

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Authorities said two Westerville police officers were shot and killed Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call.

Westerville police Chief Joe Morbitzer said Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, arrived at a residence on Crosswind Drive at 12:10 p.m. and they were “immediately met with gunfire.”

Officials said the officers may have walked into a “potential domestic” violence situation.

The chief said Joering, a 17-year police veteran, was pronounced dead at the scene. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Morelli was a member of the city’s bike patrol unit.

Officials said police reportedly got the 911 call at 12:02 p.m. The caller reportedly hung up, prompting the police response to the apartment complex on the outskirts of Westerville.

“True American heroes,” Morbitzer said. “We will miss both of these officers because they were pillars in our department.” The chief said the officers both “lived and breathed” the profession.

Police are investigating the scene. Westerville sits about 16 miles north of Downtown Columbus.

Meanwhile, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Westerville native, reportedly pledged on Saturday the full support of the Ohio Highway Patrol if it is needed.

“I am very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers today,” the official tweeted. “We will learn more soon about this tragic incident but please join me in lifting up these officers’ families in prayer.”

Jay McDonald, president of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, reportedly announced a GoFundMe campaign has already been launched to assist the families of the fallen officers.

“This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day,” McDonald said.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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