Veteran officers Anthony Moreli.54 and Eric Joering,39 were killed on Saturday after responding to a 911 hang-up call related to a domestic violence incident.
The suspect 30-year-old Quentin Smith has been charged with two aggravated murder charges in connection with the death of the two Ohio police officers.
He is currently at an Ohio hospital in critical condition but is stable and expected to survive, according to officials.
Smith was identified as the suspected murderer after his wife, Candace Smith, placed a call to a 911 operator Sunday following the deaths of two police officers identifying her husband as the shooter.
She stated, my husband, shot the police officers, the woman who was said to be crying and hiding in bushes near the family home added: “my daughter is in there.”
At a press briefing held Sunday Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said Morelli and Joering exchanged gunfire with Smith after making contact with him.
Late Sunday, they announced that he was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of the two officers.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if the suspect survives.
We are profoundly grateful for the outpouring of love and support for our @WestervillePD officers, communications and support staff. While our hearts are broken, we remain #WestervilleStrong. Please continue to keep the families of Officers Morelli and Joering in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/oFtArWJ2Pa
— City of Westerville (@tellwesterville) February 11, 2018