OH police officers killed, shot while on call in suburb of Columbus

11 February, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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"These were two of the best we have". "We will miss both of these officers because they were pillars in our department", he says.

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

Morelli had served on the force for 29 years, while Joering had been with Westerville police for 16 years. The second officer died after being taken to a hospital.

Officers responded to a 911 hang-up around 11:30am and were fired on when they arrived at the address, police say.

No other information was immediately available.

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Westerville is about 15 miles north of Columbus.

One suspect is in custody, WHIO reported. On Saturday, he pledged the full support of the Ohio Highway Patrol if it is needed. "We will learn more soon about this tragic incident but please join me in lifting up these officers' families in prayer".

Ohio FOP president Jay McDonald released the following statement: "This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day".

At least 12 officers overall have died between January 1 an February 10, which is a decrease from the 15 officers killed during the same time frame past year.

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