Two Police Officers Murdered After Responding to 911 Hang-Up

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

The suspect was taken into custody, and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Two police officers were fatally shot on Saturday in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, as they responded to a potential domestic violence situation following a 911 hang-up call, police said. "They were pillars in our department".

"The officers gave their lives in defense of others", Morbitzer said during a news conference, struggling to keep his emotions in check.

Morelli had served on the force for 29 years, while Joering had been with Westerville police for 16 years.

Morbitzer said Joering, a 17-year police veteran, died at the scene.

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Westerville is 15 miles north of downtown Columbus. Columbus police have also been brought in to investigate the slayings. "They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them".

News of the loss of the law enforcement officers' lives rippled around the state of OH and the nation.

The City of Westerville posted on Twitter, "It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty".

Gov. John Kasich tweeted his condolences: "I am very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers today".

They were the first Westerville officers killed in the line of duty.

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