Two slain Ohio officers were ‘true American heroes,’ police chief says

Two Ohio officers, referred to by peers as “two of the best we have, ” succumbed when answering a call in Westerville on Saturday, police said.

The slain policemen were identified as Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering by Chief Joe Morbitzer of the Westerville Police Department during an emotional afternoon news conference Saturtday afternoon.

Officers Anthony Morelli( left) and Eric Joering( right) were killed in Saturday’s incident, police said. ( Westerville Police Department)

“Both policemen dedicated their life in the protection provided for in others, ” he said. “Those are true American heroes.”

The Westerville PD received “a 911 hang-up call” at 12:02 p.m ., authorities told Fox News, and responded to a potential domestic situation, Morbitzer said.

Officers arrived at the scene less than 10 minutes later and were “immediately met with gunfire” when they entered the apartment, he said. Both were shot.

Officer Joering succumbed at the scene, Morbitzer said, while Officer Morelli died after being taken to the hospital.

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