Police Officer Anthony Pasquale Morelli

Police Officer Anthony Pasquale Morelli

Westerville Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Anthony Pasquale Morelli

Police Officer Anthony Morelli and Police Officer Eric Joering were shot and killed when they responded to a suspected domestic violence/911 hangup call in the 300 block of Crosswind Drive.

When officers arrived at the home, they made contact with the residents of the apartment and were let inside. As they walked into the apartment, a 30-year-old male subject opened fire on them, mortally wounding Officer Joering and Officer Morelli. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and wounded the subject, who was taken to a hospital.

Officer Morelli was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The subject, a convicted felon, had beaten and strangled his wife before officers arrived. He was charged with two counts of capital murder of a law enforcement officer. He was found guilty and sentenced to two life sentences without parole and 26 1/2 years.

Officer Morelli worked at the Fairlawn Police Department for a year before becoming a 29-year veteran of the Westerville police force. He is survived by his wife and two children, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 467

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Two life sentences plus 26 1/2 years

911 hangup, convicted felon, domestic

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I awaken this morning remembering how Tony and Eric lived and their friendships. They truly made a difference and will never be forgotten.

Retired Michael Pavolino

July 30, 2023

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