OH police officers killed in shooting; suspect wounded

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A suspect is in custody.

"These were two of the best we have", Morbitzer said.

Two police officers in this suburb of Columbus were shot and killed earlier today. "This was their calling and they did it right", said Morbitzer, his voice halting and thick with emotion.

Joe Morbitzer, the chief of the Westerville Division of Police, was visibly shaken as he appeared before reporters during a press conference early Saturday evening.

The killings occurred around 11:30 a.m.at Crosswind drive, according to 10 TV.

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"On behalf of everyone from the Toledo Police Department our thoughts and prayers are going out to all affected from this tragedy", Kral posted on Twitter. Reports say the suspect was also shot but their condition was not immediately known.

The neighboring Columbus police department Tweeted a message asking locals for prayers.

Prior to the Saturday shooting, at least nine officers had been killed in gun-related incidents in the first couple weeks of 2018 - an increase from 2017's five deaths, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Officer Eric Joering, 39, died at the scene, and Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, died from his wounds at a hospital.

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