Westerville Chief: Police Getting Threats After Officers Were Murdered

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Westerville Chief Joe Morbitzer says that people are calling their radio room screaming threats.

Westerville, OH - Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer spoke on Sunday about the murder of Westerville Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, which occurred on Saturday, saying that people are threatening the department.

The clearly distraught chief started speaking to the media, talking about how other departments from all over the area would be handling calls in Westerville so the department could grieve.

He then went into the ugly side of what has been going on since the officers were murdered.

"The one thing I do want to address in a situation like this - it's even hard to talk about this," Chief Morbitzer started. "We should be honoring these two officers right now, not illicitly trying to profit off the officers' deaths. And we've seen fake GoFundMe pages established already. We have people calling our radio room, screaming threats, obscenities, and vulgarities at our radio techs."

"And quite frankly there's a special place in hell for those people," the chief finished. "And my wish is that it comes very soon."

The only official GoFundMe page for the officers' families has been created by the local FOP, and is AT THIS LINK. 100% of the proceeds will go to the families of the murdered heroes.

Westerville Officer Eric Joering, 39, and Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, were murdered on Saturday after responding to a call.

The incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a house in the 300 block of Crosswind Drive where a crying female called 911 and disconnected.

When the officers arrived, the suspect opened fire on them, hitting them both, according to WCMH.

Officer Joering was killed on scene. Officer Morelli was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The officers were able to return fire and wound the suspect, who was later identified as 30-year-old Quentin Smith. The last update on his condition was Saturday when a Westerville city spokesman said he was in critical condition, according to Chicago Tribune.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said that he would pursue the death penalty for Smith, if he survives his injuries.

You can see the video of Chief Morbitzer addressing the media below:

Comments (14)
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Heezels
Heezels

Absolutely, fucking disgusting.

bronx163
bronx163

Savages at large. Period.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Why? Why are people making threats towards the department???

CelticTiger
CelticTiger

The fake go fund me pages hopefully shut down and the people arrested...as for the calls threatening the department and officers need to be prosecuted and at minimum time for some serious community service to be served

DebbieP1969
DebbieP1969

How very tragic. My heart goes out to the family, friends and all those who knew and cared about these men.

Olivia1234
Olivia1234

Lock and load, citizens, it is time to have our men in blue backs, need to carry

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

WTF is wrong with people! crybaby Snowflakes, This country turned to shit the last eight years, and now that President Trump is trying to fix what Obozo started. all the freaks are acting out!

Mic911
Mic911

Rest Easy Officers, We have the watch from here. My sympathy and condolences to all. I had the pleasure of meeting Officer Morelli years ago when I attended a training session at Westerville PD, fine officer and gentleman.

rover77
rover77

wth?....

Scurvydog
Scurvydog

Racial divide and hatred, Aaron.

Slinkyman
Slinkyman

My question also! No one is explaining why this is happening. The COPS were the ones shot and killed not the suspect. They did nothing but respond to a 911 from the suspects wife!! What in the heck could people be mad about????

9Tomisin
9Tomisin

Question, have they questioned the wife yet., to make sure this was not a set up


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