Two Westerville, Ohio police officers were fatally shot Saturday while responding to a reported 911 emergency hangup call involving potential domestic abuse, law enforcement authorities said.
Westerville Police Department Chief Joe Morbitzer said thirty-nine-year-old officer Eric Joering and fifty-four-year-old officer Anthony Morelli, were responding to the hangup call and what could be a “potential domestic situation.”
“As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire and both officers were shot,” the New York Times quoted chief Morbitzer as saying during a news conference on Saturday afternoon.
Sixteen-year veteran of the Westerville Police Department, officer Joering was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Morelli, a twenty-nine-year law enforcement veteran, was transported to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.
“These were two of the best we had,” Chief Morbitzer said. “This was their calling and they did it right.” He called the officers “true American heroes.”
Local WBNS-10TV reported the suspected shooter had been wounded and was transported to Wexner Medical Center.
(Crusader Journal Staff)