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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Today We Honor Westerville Police Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering, shot Saturday afternoon responding to a disconnected 911 call.
The 911 caller was identified as the suspect’s wife, Candace Smith. Police records show that officers previously had visited the Smith home for reports of domestic violence.
Joering, 39, and Morelli, 54, were responding to Smith’s residence after a disconnected 911 call. Inside the residence, Smith’s husband Quentin Lamar Smith, 30, grabbed a handgun and pointed it at the officers.
“At this time, the officers drew their firearms and shots were exchanged. All three individuals suffered gunshot wounds,” according to a court record filed by Columbus police, which is investigating the crime. Westerville is a northern suburb of Columbus.
Joering, a 17-year police veteran, was pronounced dead at the scene. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
“Both officers gave their lives in the protection of others,” Division of Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said through tears. “Those are true American heroes.”
On Monday, Ohio Governor John Kasich ordered that flags be flown half-staff until the officers’ burials. Kasich, a Westerville resident, expressed his condolences over the weekend.
“The finest among us are those who risk it all every day for our safety, and Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were those people,” Kasich wrote on Twitter.
President Donald Trump called Kasich on Sunday to express his support for the slain officers.
The suspect, Smith, was hospitalized and taken into custody, police spokeswoman Christa Dickey said. On Sunday, Smith was charged with two counts of aggravated murder.
God Bless Our Police Officers And The United States Of America!