Ohio LEOs killed in shooting, suspect in custody

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Two Ohio cops were killed Saturday by a gunman who ambushed them when they responded to a call.

"These were two of the best we had. This was their calling, and they did it right", Morbitzer said, choking back tears.

A suspect is in police custody.

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After both cops were struck, Morbitzer said that 39-year-old Joering died on scene while Morelli, 54, was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he died. In a follow-up Tweet officials said a second officer, who was initially reported to be in critical condition, had succumbed to his injuries. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, someone called 911 from an address in Westerville around noon then hung up.

No additional information about the suspect or the incident to which police responded were immediately available.

Westerville sits about 16 miles north of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer praised his fallen officers as his finest.

"This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day", McDonald said.

Police say a suspect is in custody but provided no other details.

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