Police to escort bodies of 2 slain Ohio officers to funeral homes

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer identified the officers as 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Tony Morelli.

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio police department will escort the bodies of two slain officers as they’re moved from a coroner’s office to separate funeral homes.

Police in the Columbus suburb of Westerville haven’t announced funeral details for the veteran officers, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli.

Officials invited the public to line the route as the bodies are transported Monday to honor the officers.

They were shot Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome where the 30-year-old suspect was wounded.

Officials said Sunday that suspect Quentin Smith was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive.

Columbus police handling the investigation charged Smith with aggravated murder. Municipal court records didn’t show an attorney for him.

Records show police previously went to the home for domestic violence calls.