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Governor Kasich orders flags at half-staff to honor 2 slain police officers

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Mourners gather and leave flowers on a police cruiser parked in front of City Hall in Westerville, Ohio, on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty Saturday when a suspect opened fire on them as they responded to a call at a residence. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Flags will be flown at half-staff around Ohio to honor two police officers killed in suburban Columbus.

Gov. John Kasich's order about flags at public properties applies until the officers are interred.

It was issued Monday, hours before Westerville police were slated to escort the bodies of 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli from a coroner's office to separate funeral homes. Officials invited the public to line the route.

Westerville police haven't announced funeral details.

The officers were shot Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome where the 30-year-old suspect was wounded.

Officials said Sunday that suspect Quentin Smith was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive.

He's charged with aggravated murder. Municipal court records didn't show an attorney for him.

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