Two slain Ohio officers were ‘true American heroes,’ police chief says

Two Ohio police, referred to by peers as “two of the best we have, ” lived when answering 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 feelings afternoon press conference Saturtday afternoon.

Officers Anthony Morelli( left) and Eric Joering( right) were killed during Saturday’s incident, police said. ( Westerville Police Department)

“Both patrolmen devoted their life in the protection provided for in others, ” he said. “Those are genuine American heroes.”

The Westerville PD received “a 911 hang-up call” at 12:02 p.m ., authorities told Fox News, and responded to a possible domestic statu, Morbitzer said.

Officers arrived at the stage less than 10 minutes later and were “immediately is consistent with gunfire” when they had participated in the suite, he said. Both were shot.

Officer Joering lived at the stage, Morbitzer said, while Officer Morelli died after being taken to the hospital.