Two Ohio police officers killed responding to a call, officials say

Posted February 11, 2018

Joering was a 16-year police veteran and Morelli was a 30-year veteran.

Portman: "Praying for the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty today in Westerville".

Westerville is where Ohio Gov. John Kasich resides.

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"These officers were two of the best we had", he said.

The officers were shot as they entered an apartment while responding to a 911 call that ended with a hangup, Westerfield Division of Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters. He says they argued frequently.

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

Authorities planned to hold a press conference on Saturday afternoon, but postponed the update.

About an hour later, the city tweeted that a second officer had died as well. Police did not immediately confirm the suspect's condition.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD", he posted to Twitter. "We will share more details here as it becomes available", the city of Westerville tweeted.