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Two Officers Shot Dead After Responding To 911 Call

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WESTERVILLE, OHIO (ABC)-  Two Ohio police officers were shot and killed Saturday as they were responding to a 911 hang-up call.

 

Joe Morbitzer, the chief of the Westerville Division of Police, was visibly shaken as he appeared before reporters during a press conference early Saturday evening.

 

Before Morbitzer spoke, Westerville city manager Dave Collingsworth identified the fallen officers as Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.

 

Morbitzer called them “true heroes” who were “pillars of our department” and saluted them for sacrificing their lives for the safety of the public.

 

“These were two of the best we have,” Morbitzer said. “This was their calling and they did it right.”

 

The chief described how Joering and Morelli reached the residence eight minutes after the 911 hang-up call was logged at 12:10 p.m., in the suburban city about 20 miles north of Columbus.

 

“As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire,” Morbitzer said, adding that they were informed the matter was a “potential domestic situation”.

 

After both cops were struck, Morbitzer said that 39-year-old Joering died on scene while Morelli, 54, was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he died.

 

The suspect was also shot and was transported to a local hospital, officials said.

 

The investigation is being led by the Columbus Police Department, Morbitzer confirmed.

 

Joering was a 17-year veteran of the Westerville Police Department and Morelli served for 30 years.

 

News of the loss of the law enforcement officers’ lives rippled around the state of Ohio and the nation.

 

New York City Police Chief James O’Neill tweeted out in solidarity with the fallen officers and said the entire nation, not just fellow law enforcement officers, should be devastated.

 



Daniella Hankey

Good Morning West Virginia! Daniella Hankey is the Morning and Noon newscast Anchor. Daniella joined Newswatch as a Multi-Media journalist and quickly moved her way up to an Anchor. Before landing in the beautiful Mountain State, Daniella called her home Orlando, Florida. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to further her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. When Daniella is not working, you can find her exploring West Virginia especially the Greenbrier and engaging with community members. As a morning anchor, Daniella loves putting a smile on viewers faces in the morning and informing them of community events. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woay.com. You can also follow Daniella on Facebook at DaniellaHankeyTV.


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