Police in OH say two officers have been fatally shot at a home in a Columbus suburb, and a suspect is in custody.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the two police officers, their families, and everybody at the @WestervillePD", he wrote.
"These were two of the best we had", Morbitzer said.
According to 10TV, one officer was killed on scene Saturday during a gunfire exchange with a suspect. "This was their calling, and they did it right", Morbitzer said, choking back tears.
Officer Morelli was recognized in 2012 as the Westerville Division of Police Officer of the Year.
The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. about 15 miles northeast of Columbus. The 2012 Officer of the Year was Officer Anthony Morelli.
Morelli was also recognized for taking place in the 2015 Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run, supporting the Special Olympics of Ohio. I have spoken with Westerville city leaders and pledged the full assistance of the Ohio Highway Patrol in any way they need.
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.