Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Two police officers died after being shot Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, authorities said. When the call came in, there was a woman crying on the other end, and then the call went silent. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The assailant was injured while being placed in custody and was transported to the hospital, though the extent of his injuries is unknown.

"The finest among us are those who risk it all everyday for our safety, and Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were those people. This was their calling, and they did it right", Morbitzer said, choking back tears.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk), who lives with his family in a nearby township, and President Donald Trump both sent tweets asking for prayers for the officers' families and colleagues.

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Portman: "Praying for the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty today in Westerville". "I have spoken with Westerville city leaders and pledged the full assistance of the Ohio Highway Patrol in any way they need..."

The shooting happened just before 1 p.m., according to Columbus Police.

"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. He asked OH residents to join him in "lifting up these officers' families in prayer".

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