The Westerville Division of Police confirms two officers were shot and killed late Saturday morning on Crosswind Drive in the Columbus suburb.
Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer praised the two heroes, saying policing "was their calling and they did it right". "They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them".
"The officers gave their lives in defense of others", Morbitzer said, struggling to keep his emotions in check.
The suspect, who was wounded and taken to a local hospital, is now in police custody.
Morelli had served on the force for 29 years, while Joering had been with Westerville police for 16 years.More news: NASA spacecraft captures farthest images away from Earth
The City of Westerville posted on Twitter, "We are deeply saddened to report that one of our officers has been killed in the line of duty". Police said a 911 call came as a hang-up. About an hour later, officials sent another tweet announcing the second death.
Westerville is located 15 miles north of Columbus.
They were the first Westerville officers killed in the line of duty. He asked OH residents to join him in "lifting up these officers' families in prayer".
"This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day", McDonald said.