Two officers fatally shot in Ohio

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Officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene, and Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, died from his wounds at a hospital.

The suspect, who was wounded and taken to a local hospital, is now in police custody.

Morbitzer says the officers "gave their lives in defense of others" and "they're true American heroes".

WCMH reports that when the officers arrived, a suspect opened fire on them.

Police investigate the scene of Saturday's shooting in Westerville, Ohio.

The two officers were immediately met with gunfire after entering the home, Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said in an emotional press conference that afternoon. He says they argued frequently.




A woman who lives near where the officers were slain says she saw police officers almost dragging firefighters who responded toward the townhome.

Tragedy has struck Westerville, Ohio, as two of its police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

Jennifer Ripperger, 46, said her neighborhood of townhomes has a mix of owners and renters.

Columbus police are heading the investigation into the shooting, Morbitzer said.

"We are deeply saddened to report that one of our officers has been killed in the line of duty", the city government of Westerville tweeted.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD", he posted to Twitter.

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