Ohio LEOs killed in shooting, suspect in custody

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Two police officers died after being shot Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, a northern suburb of Columbus, authorities said.

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer praised the two heroes, saying policing "was their calling and they did it right".

"As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire", Morbitzer said, adding that they were informed the matter was a "potential domestic situation".

The suspect, who was wounded and taken to a local hospital, is now in police custody.

One of the officers, 54-year-old Eric Joering, was killed instantly.

The city later added in an updated tweet: "It is with a heavy heart we report a second Westerville officer has been killed in the line of duty".

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A woman who lives near where the officers were slain says she saw police officers almost dragging firefighters who responded toward the townhome.

Westerville is about 15 miles north of Columbus.

The investigation is being led by the Columbus Police Department, Morbitzer confirmed.

They were the first Westerville officers killed in the line of duty.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, who calls Westerville his home town, said the officers' "deaths are a bad tragedy for my hometown of Westerville and all of Ohio". That's why the Fraternal Order of Police works to build continuous public support for the men and women who risk everything so others can be safe.

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