Otterbein offers Westerville officer's kids full scholarships

Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Otterbein University has offered full four-year scholarships to the children of one of the Westerville police officers shot and killed while responding to a 911 hang-up call earlier this month.

A representative of the university announced the scholarships to all three of Officer Eric Joering's daughters during Tuesday night's Westerville City Council meeting.

Council members voted unanimously at the same meeting to retire the officer's K-9 partner, Sam, to live with the Joering family.

Officers Joering and Anthony Morelli were killed Feb. 10, allegedly by Quentin Smith at his town home.

The 30-year-old Smith, who was wounded when he exchanged gunfire with police, has been been charged with aggravated murder. He's currently being held without bail.

(Photo courtesy Westerville Police Department)

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