On Saturday the 10th of February 2018 at approximately 12:18 p.m., Ohio Police officers Eric Joering & Anthony Morelli were shot & killed by Quentin Lamar Smith as they were responding to a 911 hang-up call in Westerville, Delaware & Franklin counties, Ohio, United States of America.
Police in Ohio say two officers have been fatally shot at a home in a Columbus suburb, & a suspect is in custody.
Westerville police say in a statement that the shootings happened Saturday after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call around 11:30 a.m. The officers were shot after they arrived at a residence.
The chief described how Joering & Morelli reached the residence eight minutes after the 911 hang-up call was logged at 12:10 p.m., in the suburban city about 20 miles north of Columbus.
"As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire," Morbitzer said, adding that they were informed the matter was a “potential domestic situation”.
Police in Ohio have identified a 30-year-old man as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in a Columbus suburb, & released reports showing authorities have had several dealings with him, some involving alleged domestic violence.
Westerville police late Saturday confirmed that the suspect is Quentin Lamar Smith. Authorities released incident reports showing police had been to his home or had dealings with him several times since 2017.
In a Nov. 29 incident, police say his wife, 33-year-old Candace Smith, asked about protection orders because she & Quentin Smith weren't getting along. She accused her husband of threatening to kill her, their daughter & himself. She told police he had a gun.
Authorities had scheduled a news conference for later Saturday afternoon, before Morbitzer spoke, Westerville city manager Dave Collingsworth identified the fallen officers as 39-year-old Eric Joering & 54-year-old Anthony Morelli.
Morbitzer called them "true heroes" who were "pillars of our department" & saluted them for sacrificing their lives for the safety of the public.
Joe Morbitzer, the chief of the Westerville Division of Police, was visibly shaken as he appeared before reporters during a press conference early Saturday evening.
Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk), 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." He asked Ohio residents to join him in "lifting up these officers' families in prayer."
Westerville, on the northeast side of Columbus, is a suburb with about 39,000 residents.
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