Two Police Officers Murdered After Responding to 911 Hang-Up

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Two police officers were shot dead in mid-western US state of OH on Saturday, local authorities said.

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", Morbitzer said.

"These officers were two of the best we had", he said.

The suspect was taken into custody on the scene, though it is unclear how many people were injured in the attack, according to the news station.

The 911 caller had told a dispatcher there was a domestic disturbance at an address in the town of Westerville - then abruptly hung up. The other, 39-year-old Anthony Morelli, died from his injuries later after being transferred to a hospital.

No additional information about the suspect or the incident to which police responded were immediately available.

Columbus police are heading the investigation into the shooting, Morbitzer said.

The city of Westerville is asking for prayers for the officers and their families.

They were the first Westerville officers killed in the line of duty.

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who lives with his family in a nearby township, tweeted that he was "very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers".

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