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The Great Smoky Mountain Journal

Source:  Fox News

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:32 PM

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Two Ohio Officers Slain While Responding To Call Near Columbus

Two Ohio officers, referred to by peers as "two of the best we have," died while responding to a call in Westerville on Saturday, police said.

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

"Both officers gave their life in the protection of others," he said. "Those are true American heroes."

The Westerville PD received "a 911 hang-up call," authorities told Fox News, at 12:02 p.m., 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 died at the scene, Morbitzer said, while Officer Morelli died after being taken to the hospital.