Two police officers in Ohio were killed in the line of duty on Saturday after they responded to a 911 hangup call placed from a condominium complex in Westerville, about 15 miles north of Columbus.
Christa Dickey, a spokeswoman for the City of Westerville, told the New York Times that both officers were shot shortly after they arrived to a residence on Crosswind Drive at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. One officer died on the scene and the second was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center but did not survive.
Authorities have not released the identities of the fallen officers.
The shooting suspect, an unidentified male, was injured when an officer returned fire and is reportedly being treated at a hospital. A motive for the shooting is not yet known.
“The city of Westerville requests your thoughts and prayers for the officers and their families,” Dickey told the newspaper.
Charline Garrabrant, 75, spoke to the New York Times about the shooting, which took place behind her garage — but she reportedly didn’t hear any gunfire.
Around here it’s always been pretty quiet,” Garrabrant said. “I mean, the police have been here several times for mild disturbances, but not really close to where this happened.”
According to USA Today, the officers went to the residence in response to a hang-up 911 call, to investigate a possible domestic incident.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
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