Ohio man charged with buying gun used to kill two officers

  • Ohio man charged with buying gun used to kill two officers

Ohio man charged with buying gun used to kill two officers

Columbus Police honor guard members salute the ambulance carrying the body of Westerville Police officer Eric Joering during a procession transporting the bodies of Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

By taking carefully-selected streets, the running group was able to spell "Thank You" with their running route.

39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli were shot and killed Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome.

In a November 29 incident, police say his wife, 33-year-old Candace Smith, asked about protection orders because she and Quentin Smith weren't getting along.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to a fellow OH police agency following the deaths of two of their long-serving officers.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Smith was shot during his encounter with police and was being treated for his injuries. The officers were shot after they arrived at a residence.

"This was their calling, and they did it right", said the chief. His wife, the woman sobbing on the 911 phone line, had sought a protection order a year ago, telling authorities he had threatened to kill her, their daughter and himself if she left him. Court records didn't show an attorney for him.

Smith was sentenced to three years in prison in 2009 on a burglary conviction with an added enhancement of having a gun. For that offense, he was punished with 15 days in a cell segregated from the general population.

A man was charged Monday with providing the gun used to kill two veteran policemen in Ohio Saturday, authorities said.

Smith, a convicted felon, was barred from buying or a possessing a gun, so he gave Lawson the money to get one, plus $100 for his trouble, the statement said.

A woman who lives near where the officers were slain says she saw police officers almost dragging firefighters who responded toward the townhome.

Lawson, of Warrensville Hts., is charged with providing Smith with the weapon. Our police officers risk their lives to protect the lives and property of others on a daily basis across our nation.