Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus


Officials have identified the officers as Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering.

The city later added in an updated tweet: "It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty". "They knew how to do policing the right way - both of them".

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

Morelli was also recognized for taking place in the 2015 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run, supporting the Special Olympics of Ohio.

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The Westerville Division of Police confirms two officers have been shot and killed Saturday afternoon on Crosswind Drive. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, someone called 911 from an address in Westerville around noon then hung up.

"I am very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers today", Kasich tweeted. After arriving at the scene, a suspect began shooting at them.

Police confirmed via social media that two of the city's police officers were killed in "the line of duty". A suspect is reportedly in custody. No information has been given on the shooter except that he or she is being treated a local hospital for sustained wounds. "We will share more details here as it becomes available".