WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — 4:45 p.m.
Officers Eric Joering(left) and Officer Anthony Morelli(right), of the Westerville Police Department were killed in Ohio Photo: Westerville PD via MGN.
Funeral arrangements have been announced for two Ohio police officers shot to death over the weekend.
The services for 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli will be held Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville in suburban Columbus.
The City of Westerville will livestream the service.
The officers were shot while responding to a hang-up 911 call at a townhome Saturday afternoon.
The 30-year-old Quentin Smith faces two preliminary charges of aggravated murder. He was also shot and is hospitalized. He hasn't had a hearing yet and it's unclear if an attorney has been appointed.
Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said Tuesday that plans have been made for Joering's police dog to remain with his widow and daughters.
The families of two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call have expressed their gratitude for their community and for the outpouring of support shown in the midst of their loss.
The officers from the northeast Columbus suburb of Westerville, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli, were shot Saturday at a townhome where the suspect was wounded.
In a statement released late Monday, the officers' families requested privacy and said they need time to heal.
"We have seen and heard so much from people who have shared stories about how our men impacted their lives. They will be so greatly missed, not only by us, but by everyone they touched," the statement said.
Westerville police tweeted their own appreciation Tuesday.
" 'Thank you' does not seem adequate to express what we want to convey to our community, our law enforcement brothers & sisters, and the businesses and people across the US who have shown their support and love to us. We are forever changed," the tweet said.
Westerville hasn't yet shared details on funeral plans for the officers.
The wounded suspect, Quentin Smith, 30, is expected to survive. He has been charged with aggravated murder. Court records didn't show an attorney for him.
A man accused of providing Smith with the gun used in the killings was arrested Monday.
Gerald Lawson, 30, of suburban Cleveland, was charged with aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He's accused of buying the gun for Smith, a close friend, last summer.
Lawson was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in federal court in Columbus. Court records don't list an attorney for him.