Two Ohio police killed while responding to emergency call

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, officials said.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, who calls Westerville his home town, said the officers' "deaths are a bad tragedy for my hometown of Westerville and all of Ohio".

"These were two of the best we had".

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

Westerville is about 15 miles north of Columbus.

Officer Morelli was recognized in 2012 as the Westerville Division of Police Officer of the Year.

Morelli had served on the force for 29 years, while Joering had been with Westerville police for 16 years. Police said a 911 call came as a hang-up.

Morelli was also recognized for taking place in the 2015 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run, supporting the Special Olympics of Ohio.

"It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty".

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