'True American heroes': Police identify 2 officers fatally shot in Ohio

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Officer Morelli was recognized in 2012 as the Westerville Division of Police Officer of the Year.

WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Police in Ohio said two officers were fatally shot at a home in a Columbus suburb on Saturday, and a suspect was in custody.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD", he wrote.

"These were two of the best we have", Morbitzer said. "They're true American heroes".

Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were "immediately met with gunfire" when they arrived around noon at an apartment in Westerville, Police Chief Joe Morbitzer told reporters. Joering was killed at the scene, and Morelli later died at the hospital.

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Prior to the Saturday shooting, at least nine officers had been killed in gun-related incidents in the first couple weeks of 2018 - an increase from 2017's five deaths, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The officers responded after police received a 911 call and the caller hung up.

The shootings happened at about 1 p.m.in Westerville, Ohio.

The city later added in an updated tweet: "It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty".

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