Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were killed in an ambush by a thug who shot them as they entered his home responding to a domestic abuse call (see our previous report below).
This repeat offending domestic abuser is just one of many bottom of the barrel losers that our police officers have to deal with every day. They go into dangerous situations like this one putting their life on the line. Please pray for the families and community of Westerville, Ohio.
This is just happening way too often. The shocking fact is that the number of officers killed is down from last year. Can you believe it? Not enough is being done to prohibit our police officers from being ambushed by scum like Quentin Smith…
The suspect in the ambush of two police officers in Westerville, Ohio yesterday has been identified:
Quentin Lamar Smith is a 30 year old with a past history of violence and domestic abuse. His wife called 911 from the bushes beside their home asking for help for her daughter and herself.
Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters that Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were checking on a “potential domestic situation” when they were shot and killed.
The saddest press conference happened 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.”