Two police officers from Westerville, Ohio identified as Eric Joering, 39 and Anthony Morelli, 54 was fatally shot and killed Saturday while responding to a potential domestic violence call, officials said.
Police dispatched officers to an Apartment complex after receiving a 911 call from someone who hung up, authorities said.
“As they went into the apartment, they were immediately met with gunfire and both officers were shot,” Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference.
The Cincinnati Newspaper said the woman is heard crying before the call disconnects in the tape they obtained. The woman is pleading for help while hiding in the bushes in the front yard.
“Please help, please help, please help,” the woman can be heard frantically telling a dispatcher. “My husband shot — he shot the police officers. Please hurry up. My daughter is in there.”
“Both officers gave their life in protection of others,” Morbitzer said. “Those are true American heroes.”
The City of #Westerville suffered a tremendous loss today. @WestervillePD Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty. Please keep our first responders and the officers’ families in your thoughts and prayers. #WestervilleStrong pic.twitter.com/GcN3Y4FRvr
— City of Westerville (@tellwesterville) February 11, 2018
The suspect of the shooting was identified as Quentin Smith who police said was wounded and taken to a hospital, but did not release any info on his condition.
The local Fraternal Order of Police set up a GoFundMe account to help cover cost of funeral expenses and unpaid medical bills.