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Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

At least one police officer was shot and killed after a shooting occurred in Westerville Saturday afternoon.

"These were two of the best we had".

Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene, and Anthony Morelli, 54, at a hospital. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, someone called 911 from an address in Westerville around noon then hung up.

Morelli had served on the force for 29 years, while Joering had been with Westerville police for 16 years. "This was their calling and they did it right", said Morbitzer, his voice halting and thick with emotion.

"I'm confident our staff will take them under their wings", he said.

FOX 28 Columbus reported a suspect is in custody.

No other information was immediately available.

Westerville is located 15 miles north of Columbus.

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". On Saturday, he pledged the full support of the Ohio Highway Patrol if it is needed.

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who lives with his family in a nearby township, tweeted he's "very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers".