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The Latest: Teen: Heard shots, then saw the police cars race

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Last two police officers fatally shot in Ohio (all times are local):

7:45 pm

A teenager who lives on the other side of the street, where two Ohio police officers were fatally shot in a suburb of Columbus says he heard five or six shots and saw the police cars pulling up.

Trea (TRAY) Horne tells The Associated Press the couple, who lived in the Westerville townhome where the shooting took place Saturday moved in about eight months ago. He says that they often argued. The 17-year-old says that the police were often called to the house.

A woman who lives near where the officers were killed, says she saw police officers almost dragging firefighters who responded in the direction of the townhome. Forty-six-year-old Jennifer Ripperger says the neighborhood of townhomes is a mix of tenants and owners.

Westerville Police say the 39-year-old Eric Joering and a 54-year-old Anthony Morelli were shot around noon after responding to a 911 hang-up call.

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6:10 pm

The police in Ohio have identified two officers who were fatally shot in a house in a suburb of Columbus, and say that a suspect is in custody.

Westerville police chief Joe Morbitzer says the 39-year-old Eric Joering and a 54-year-old Anthony Morelli were shot around noon Saturday after responding to a 911 hang-up call. He says that they had to respond to a “potential domestic situation.”

Morbitzer says that the officers “gave their lives for the defense of others” and “the real American heroes.”

Police provided no information about the suspect

The republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk), who lives with his family in a nearby township, and President Donald Trump both sent tweets to ask for prayer for the officers’ families and colleagues.

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4:22 pm

The police in Ohio say two officers have fatally shot at a house in a suburb of Columbus, and a suspect is in custody.

Westerville police say in a statement that the shooting happened Saturday after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call around 11:30 a.m. The officers were shot dead after they arrived at a residence.

The police says a suspect is in custody, but provided no other details.

The authorities have planned a news conference later on Saturday afternoon.

The republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk), who lives with his family in a nearby township, tweeted he was “very sad to learn of the death of two of my hometown police.” He asked Ohio residents to join him in “lifting of these officers’ families in prayer.”

Westerville, on the northeast side of Columbus, a suburb with approximately 39,000 inhabitants.

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