Gov. Kasich offers support to hometown of Westerville after two officers killed

Two police officers were shot dead in mid-western US state of OH on Saturday, local authorities said.

10 4:37 p.m: The two officers who were shot and killed after a shooting in Westerville have been identified.

Officer Morelli along with two other officers helped raise $580 for Special Olympics. "This was their calling and they did it right, they knew how to do policing the right way, both of them".

City officials said the victims are 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Tony Morelli.

The Westerville Police Department has not immediately confirmed the officer's death but they announced a news conference at 3:30 PM. The suspect's condition and identity have not been released.

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Police in OH say two officers have been fatally shot at a home in a Columbus suburb, and a suspect is in custody.

The Westerville shootings came a day after a Georgia police officer was shot and killed and two sheriff's deputies were wounded by a gunman who was then killed.

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

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who claims Westerville as his home town, also posted his condolences on Twitter.

Westerville Police continue to investigate, WHIO reported. "We will learn more soon about this tragic incident but please join me in lifting up these officers' families in prayer".

  • Megan Austin