When responding officers arrived, they were fired upon.
Portman: "Praying for the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty today in Westerville". President Donald Trump also expressed his support, as did Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Earlier in the day city officials said they were investigating an officer-involved shooting.
Westerville police say in a statement that the shootings happened Saturday after officers responded to a 911 hang-up call around 11:30 a.m. "They're always arguing and fighting", said Horne, who graduated from Westerville South High School in December. Forty-six-year-old Jennifer Ripperger says the neighborhood of townhomes is a mix of renters and owners.
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"Both officers gave their lives in the protection of others", Morbitzer said through tears. We extend our prayers and deep condolences to their families and fellow officers.
Westerville, on the northeast side of Columbus, is a suburb of about 39,000 with a per capita income well above the rest of Ohio.
Excluding Saturday's shootings in OH, 12 US law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, nine in firearms-related incidents, according to the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.