Two Ohio police officers shot dead while responding to 911 call

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

Officer killed in line of duty near Columbus

One suspect is in custody, but authorities gave no other details.

Police in OH have identified two officers who were fatally shot at a home in a Columbus suburb and say a suspect is in custody.

At around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli went to the 300 block of Crosswind Drive to investigate a 911 call that was cut short.

"These were two of the best we have", said Morbitzer. "They're true American heroes". The 17-year-old says police often were called to the home. When responding officers arrived, they were fired upon. Reports say the suspect was also shot but their condition was not immediately known.

The investigation is being led by the Columbus Police Department, Morbitzer confirmed.

News of the loss of the law enforcement officers' lives rippled around the state of OH and the nation.

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". Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

One suspect is in custody, WHIO reported.

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