“The city of Westerville requests your thoughts and prayers for the officers and their families,” Ms. Dickey said.
The shooting occurred in a condominium community with about 500 residents, according to those who live in the area.
“It’s very sad. All you can do is pray at this point,” a resident, Charline Garrabrant, 75, said in a phone interview. The shooting occurred behind her garage.
Ms. Garrabrant and her husband, Karl Garrabrant, a retired fire chief for nearby Minerva Park, didn’t hear any gunfire, she said, and didn’t realize anything had happened until they saw police cars parked nearby and turned on their police scanner to learn more.
“Around here it’s always been pretty quiet,” she said. “I mean, the police have been here several times for mild disturbances, but not really close to where this happened.”
With the deaths of the two Westerville police officers on Saturday, at least five police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty this week.
Officer Chase Maddox, 26, of the Locust Grove, Ga., police department was shot and killed on Friday as he was trying to serve a warrant with two other officers. The suspect was killed. Mr. Maddox was survived by a child and his pregnant wife.
The suspect was believed to have fatally shot an acquaintance before firing at police as they entered the apartment. Officer Sherrard, a married father of two daughters, was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the department’s 63-year history.
Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick, 34, of the El Paso County sheriff’s office in Colorado Springs, Colo., was shot and killed on Monday when a car theft suspect fired an automatic weapon at officers, according to the authorities. He was survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.