2 killed in Ohio officers’ families thank community for support

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The families of two Ohio police officers fatally shot while answering a 911 hang-up call to say that they are grateful for their community and for the outpouring of support shown in the middle of their loss.

The officers from the northeastern Columbus suburb of Westerville, the 39-year-old Eric Joering and a 54-year-old Anthony Morelli, were shot dead on Saturday in a townhome where the suspect was injured.

In a statement , the officers’ families request privacy and say that they need time to heal.

Westerville has not yet shared details about the funeral plans for the officers.

Officials have said that the injured 30-year-old suspect, Quentin Smith, is expected to survive. He is charged with aggravated murder. Court records is not a lawyer for him.

A man accused of providing Smith with a gun was also arrested.

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