Autopsies: Shots to head, chest killed officers Joering and Morelli

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WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) – Three months after they were shot in the line of duty, the Franklin County Coroner has released information about how they died.

Autopsy reports for Officers Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering were released Thursday.

According to the report, Officer Morelli died after he was shot in the chest.

Officer Joering died from a gunshot wound to the head. The examination also showed he was shot in the left arm and right forearm.

Joering and Morelli were fatally shot in February after entering a townhome while responding to a domestic dispute. They returned fire, wounding 30-year-old Quentin Smith.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien is seeking the death penalty against Smith.

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