In a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, two police officers were murdered after answering to a call regarding domestic violence. The two slain police officers were identified as 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli and were found dead at the scene of the murder in Westerville.
The suspected killer of Officers Morelli and Joering has been recognized as 30-year-old Quentin Smith. Smith was found after the murder injured during the quarrel and is said to be in stable condition. Smith will be facing charges of two counts of aggravated murder and the municipal court assured that there is not an attorney representing him.
The phone call that came from the Westerville home was apparently recorded as a 911 hang-up phone call. Additionally, this was not the first time the police have been to this address as they have been there in the past for several calls regarding domestic violence. Neighbors of where the murders took place were dejected and disgusted by the death of officers Joering and Morelli.
Following the unexpected death of the two Ohio police officers on Saturday, Feb. 10, an Order of Police chapter was established as a way to honor them. The order will raise money to help pay for their funeral expenses, along with helping pay for the education of kids and housing for family members who are attending the funeral from out-of-town.
As another way of honoring the fallen police officers, the state of Ohio will be flying American Flags at half-staff. Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich ordered for the flags to stay at half-mast until the two officers have been buried.