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Two Ohio Policemen Responding to 911 Call Are Fatally Shot

Two Ohio Policemen Responding to 911 Call Are Fatally Shot

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by Ian Mason

Suburban Columbus, Ohio’s Westerville Police Department lost two officers Saturday when a suspect opened fire as they arrived to respond to a hung up 911 call.

Officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene. His partner, Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, made it to the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center before succumbing to his wounds. According to Columbus CBS affiliate WBNS, the two veteran officers had been on the force 16 and 29 years respectively.

The suspect is in custody, but nothing about his identity has been made public. His motive is also unclear, but reported that it may have been a “potential” domestic violence situation.

Westerville police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters the two policemen were “immediately met with gunfire,” when they arrived at an apartment at 12:10 p.m., minutes after their department received a 911 call that quickly hung up. “The officers gave their lives in defense of others,” Morbitzer continued, calling his officers “true American heroes.”

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