WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Law enforcement agencies and local politicians are expressing their condolences for the Westerville Division of Police after two officers were shot and killed Saturday.
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) released statements Saturday. President Donald Trump also expressed his support, as did Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Brown: “Connie and I are heartbroken by this loss. We are thinking of the officers’ families, their fellow officers and everyone involved, and we are grateful to all Ohio law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.”
Portman: “Praying for the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty today in Westerville. A tragic reminder of the danger men and women protecting us face every day.”
Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-3rd District) released a statement Saturday night, saying “My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Officer Morelli’s and Officer Joering’s family, friends and the entire Westerville Police Department.”
The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio asks anyone who wishes to support the families to donate at GoFundMe.com/FOPLodge9HelpFund. There have already been phony fundraising accounts set up, according to the city of Westerville.
Ohio FOP president Jay McDonald released the following statement: “This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day. 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. Please remember these officers – and all officers – in your prayers.”
The Genoa Township Police and Fire departments, as well as the Columbus Division of Police, are assisting in the investigation.
Officers responded to a 911 hang-up around 11:30am and were fired on when they arrived at the address, police say.