Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Police procession for fallen Westerville officers; Flags at half-staff

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer identified the officers as 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Tony Morelli Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer identified the officers as 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Tony Morelli
Nicole Thomas | 15 February, 2018, 15:20

Also Monday, Republican Gov. John Kasich ordered flags flown at half-staff at OH public properties until the officers are interred. Members of the public were invited to line the procession route.

Local police departments reacted to the shocking news.

Funeral details have yet to be announced.

Veteran officers Antony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were killed in a gun battle with violent criminal Quentin Smith in the Columbus suburb of Westerville Saturday. The sheriff's office lost an officer, Deputy Suzanne Hopper, in the line of duty in 2011. "So it kind of does hit a little close to home in that sense".

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen officers".

The Westerville police said they had several interactions with Smith since past year.

"The Wilmington Police Department is wearing a mourning sash on our badge to honor Westerville Police Department's Officer Morelli and Joering", Weyand added.

One of the neighbors told police that he grabbed Smith's arm and told him to "chill", reports say. Morbitzer said they had been responding to a "domestic situation". "This was their calling and they did it right", said Morbitzer, his voice halting and thick with emotion. "We lost one. I can't imagine how painful and emotionally traumatic it is for them to have to lost two people on the same call".

Grand jurors that October handed up a four-count indictment charging Smith with felonious assault, aggravated menacing and theft of a motor vehicle.

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Federal prosecutors say Gerald Lawson of suburban Cleveland is accused of buying the handgun for shooting suspect Quentin Smith last summer.

"Please help, please help, please help", she said, according to CNN.

Smith denied that he threatened anyone with a gun, and told police that he and his wife were going through financial problems, records say.

Records show the 30-year-old Smith and his wife, Candace, owed almost $120,000 at the time of bankruptcy filing last summer. Police were called to the home later that night to investigate a report of domestic violence.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to a fellow OH police agency following the deaths of two of their long-serving officers. He asked OH residents to join him in "lifting up these officers' families in prayer". "My husband. he shot the police officers".

"These were two of the best we had". Our police officers risk their lives to protect the lives and property of others on a daily basis across our nation. He is expected to survive, police said.

Jennifer Ripperger, 46, said her neighborhood of townhomes has a mix of owners and renters.

On the way toward downtown Westerville, you might pass Flowerama on State Street.

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