Two Officers Dead After Fatal Shooting In Westerville

  • 2/10/2018 2:52:44 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

WESTERVILLE, OH- Two officers are dead after a shooting in Westerville, just north of Columbus.

One injured officer was initially taken to the hospital but passed away while he was there, while the other officer died on the scene.

The two Westerville officers shot and killed have been identified by officials as Anthony Morelli, age 54 and a 30-year veteran of the police division, and Eric Joering, age 39 and a 17-year veteran of the Westerville Division of Police.

Chief Joe Morbitzer, of the Westerville Police Dept, made this statement following the incident.

"Good afternoon everyone, Chief Morbitzer, Westerville Division Police. First of all, true American heroes, two gave their life today. Responding to calls of assistance out of a potential domestic situation, both officers gave their life in the protection of others. Those are true American heroes. We received a 911 call at 12:02 this afternoon and officers responded on a hang up call. At 12:10, the officers arrived on the scene. As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire. Both officers were shot. Officer Joering passed away on the scene. Officer Morelli was transported to the hospital where he later passed away."

A suspect was wounded and has been taken to the hospital.

State Senator Kevin Bacon, a Westerville resident, made the following statement today after the fatal shooting.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the Westerville officers, their friends, families and the Westerville Police Department at this difficult time. We are indebted to the brave men and women who don the blue and the badge day in and day out to keep our communities safe. Sometimes, those officers don’t make it home at the end of a shift. Now is one of those times and we – as a community – must rally behind the families and fellow officers. I’ll be making a personal donation to help the families, and I hope others will as well.” 

The incident is still under investigation by the Columbus Division of Police.

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