Ohio police say two officers who were shot to death on Saturday were responding to a 911 call about possible domestic abuse. At a press conference Sunday morning, Westerville police chief, Joe Morbitzer, said it was officers Eric Joering, and Anthony Morelli who responded to the call.>> Once on the scene, they made contact with the suspect, and exchanged gunfire almost immediately.
Officer Joering perished at the scene. Officer Morelli passed away at LSU Hospital.>> Police said the suspect, 30 year old Quentin Lamar Smith, was wounded and taken to a local hospital. The case has rekindled intense emotions in this quiet suburb of Columbus. In September 2016, a white Columbus police officer shot and killed a 13 year old black boy holding a toy gun.
Morbitzer expressed anger at those who don't appreciate the sacrifices officers make, and for those who try to profit off their debts.>> And we have seen fake GoFundMe pages established already. We have people calling our radio room, screaming threats, obscenities, and vulgarities at our radio techs. And quite frankly, there's a special place in hell for those people.
And my wish is that it comes very soon.>> Before Saturday's shootings, the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund said 12 US law enforcements officers had been killed in the line of duty this year, nine in firearms related incidents. The latest, an officer shot and killed in Georgia only one day before.