OH man charged with buying gun used to kill two police officers

OH man charged with buying gun used to kill two police officers

The families of two OH police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call have expressed their gratitude for their community and for the outpouring of support shown in the midst of their loss. That means an officer is posted outside of his door and visitors are not allowed.

Morelli's father, who still lives in Massillon, said his son was a well-respected patrol officer and resource officer in the high school.

Funeral plans for the Westerville officers shot to death in the line of duty Saturday have been released.

Sam was in the back of the cruiser Saturday when Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli were shot and killed.

Smith and his wife owed almost $120,000 at the time of bankruptcy filing last summer, records said.

Lawson and Smith were longtime friends, and Lawson knew Smith couldn't have a weapon, authorities said.

Smith, 30, is charged with two preliminary counts of aggravated murder.

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

Columbus attorney Mark Herder says suspect Quentin Smith was always personable and cooperative during discussions about Smith's bankruptcy case.

The Westerville police said they had several interactions with Smith since past year. For that offense, he was punished with 15 days in a cell segregated from the general population.

Herder said Monday the federal bankruptcy system does not vet applicants for criminal backgrounds. Lawson, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison. Municipal court records didn't show an attorney for him.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Fraternal Order of Police in the names of both officers. When a third Westerville officer arrived on the scene, the shooting, according to our contacts, was over.

Also Monday, Republican Gov. John Kasich ordered flags flown at half-staff at OH public properties until the officers are interred.



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