Two Ohio police officers were shot and killed near Columbus on Saturday, after responding to a 911 hang up. The suspect was also wounded in the incident and is currently being treated in a nearby hospital.

Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, arrived at the scene of the 911 call only eight minutes after the hang up.

“As they went into the apartment they were immediately met with gunfire, and both officers were shot,” Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said in a press conference on Saturday.

Joering was killed at the scene in the ensuing shootout, and Morelli died while undergoing surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center. The two officers had a combined 45 years of service to their community in law enforcement.

“These were two of the best we had. This was their calling, and they did it right. They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them,” Morbitzer said while fighting to hold back tears. “Both gave their lives for the protection of others, and that’s what they lived and breathed.”

He went on to call the officers “true American heroes.”

The suspect, Quentin Lamar Smith, 30, was wounded when the two officers returned fire, according to Christa Dickey, a spokeswoman for the city of Westerville. His condition is not currently known.

The shootout took place in a small condominium community with around 500 residents, according to Charline Garrabrant, 75, who claimed the incident took place just behind her garage.