The saddest press conference happened today after two police officers were murdered. Every officer is a hero to us but you can tell that these two were very special. Please pray for the families and friends of these two wonderful public servants. They will be missed. A GOFUNDME PAGE HAS BEEN SET UP: FOP Lodge 9 Help Fund – Official
This week has been a very tragic one for police officers… 5 officers lost their lives in the line of duty. These men go willfully into dangerous and life threatening situations to PROTECT people. They deal with unspeakable crimes involving the underbelly of communities across America. They are “True American Heroes” who are being murdered day after day in the line of duty. These two officers were going to help with a domestic dispute…think about it. They went to help protect someone and lost their lives….Heartbreaking.
Two Ohio police officers responding to a 911 hang-up call were fatally shot on Saturday after entering an apartment in a Columbus suburb and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said.
Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene and his colleague, Anthony Morelli, 54, died at a local hospital.
Morbitzer said the officers were responding to a “potential domestic situation.” A neighbor who heard the gunfire said it happened at a home where the occupants were “always arguing and fighting.”
“The officers gave their lives in defense of others,” Morbitzer said during a news conference, struggling to keep his emotions in check. He called them “true American heroes.”
Police provided no details about the suspect during a brief news conference. The Columbus Dispatch reported the suspect was wounded and treated at a hospital.
Republican Gov. John Kasich, who lives with his family in a nearby township, tweeted that he was “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.”
President Donald Trump tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD.”
Joering was a 16-year police veteran and Morelli was a 30-year veteran.
“These were two of the best we have,” said Morbitzer. “This was their calling.”
He added, that they “both gave their life for the protection of others and that’s what they lived and breathed.”