Heroes Down: Westerville Officers Eric Joering And Anthony Morelli

Westerville police Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli were murdered on Saturday.

Westerville, OH - Westerville Officer Eric Joering, 39, and Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, were murdered on Saturday after responding to a call.

The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a house in the 300 block of Crosswind Drive where a crying female called 911 and disconnected.

When the officers arrived, the suspect opened fire on them, hitting them both, according to WCMH.

Officer Joering was killed on scene. Officer Morelli was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The unidentified suspect was shot in the gunfight and was taken into custody and transported to the hospital, according to New York Times.

The Columbus Division of Police is handling the investigation.

“These were two of the best we had,”Westerville Chief Joe Morbitzer said. “This was their calling and they did it right, they knew how to do policing the right way, both of them.”

Officer Morelli is a 29-year veteran of the department and was recognized at the 2012 as the Westerville Division of Police Officer of the Year, according to WCMH. The division's 2012 annual report said, "Officer Morelli ranks number one on the shift for the following categories: case reports, incident reports, accidents, and OVIs. He is substantially above the shift average in all other categories of the activity report including citations and arrests. His assigned cases are thorough and completed in a timely manner. Throughout his tenure, he has remained motivated, dedicated, and professional in the performance of his duties."

Officer Joering was a K9 officer, a 16-year veteran of the department and had been recognized with the Exceptional Duty Award three times, according to WCMH.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Westerville Officers Morelli and Joering, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, your lives mattered.

@DieselDawg excuses, excuses.

As a marine I can relate to the loss of a fellow brother. And I don't mean to sound critical but in reading the history of the shooter, and others like him especially in domestic situations, just coming to a door that has a history of there being a law breaking gun-toting abusive criminal behind that door, that maybe there can be something included in training that would better prepare officers for the potential of something like this happening. It is happening too many times and domestic violence situations where officers are being ambushed and murdered indiscriminately and it's by domestic abusers of women. I might say this shooter could have been sympathetic to Black lives matter view of law enforcement which may have caused him to make sure that he would do what he did just because the police being white and he being black we're going to suffer the consequences according to how he viewed them. Evidently that might make sense but I'm only sharing not to magnify anything in particular but just to prepare for the next time because there will be one just like this one. And I don't want to see any more officers murdered Ambush style like these two. My most sincere condolences to the family the children the friends the relatives and the brothers and blue. I'll end by saying that death of the body is not death of the spirit and the day will come when we will see our loved ones again in the Realms of Eternity and we should know who made that possible and be thankful for that hope and promise. If there are sentence errors and spelling errors it's Google voice and I apologize because I'm unable to go back and correct. Semper Fi and God bless

Right, because to hell with the Constitution.

RIP Officers Eric Joering And Anthony Morelli...so beyond sad... i’m wondering how long it will take for the police officers to be better protected with mandatory bullet proof vests and hats...The sooner the better...God bless and protect us all!

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