Man charged with providing gun to suspect accused of killing OH officers

Angelo Anderson
February 15, 2018

He's accused of buying the gun for Smith, a close friend, last summer.

Morelli had been with Westerville police for 29 years, while Joering had been with the department for 16 years, Morbitzer said.

Investigators learned that Lawson and Smith have a long history of friendship.

Authorities caught up to Lawson of Warrensville Heights through tips, social media posts and a gun trace, said Ronald Herndon, a Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives agent.

Lawson was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in federal court in Columbus.

It was not clear whether a lawyer had been appointed yet for Lawson.

Westerville Police Department officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were allegedly shot dead by Quentin Smith after responding to a 911 hangup call. According to NBC4, he has been wounded and is being treated at a hospital.

The officers were shot while responding to a hang-up 911 call at a townhome Saturday afternoon. Candace Smith told officers they were separating, and that he left when she told him she was calling police.


Smith was convicted in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, of felony burglary and misdemeanor domestic violence charges in 2009 and was sentenced to four years in prison.

The argument died down and Smith hopped in the shower, and she packed a bag and hid in the neighbor's house, according to court records.

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

A man was charged Monday with providing the gun used to kill two OH police officers, as the officers' bodies were escorted in a procession to funeral homes in the suburban community they served. Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference Saturday that Joering, a 16-year veteran, and Morelli, a 30-year veteran, were shot immediately upon entering the residence.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the Westerville officers, their friends, families and the Westerville Police Department at this hard time". We have seen and heard so much from people who have shared stories about how our men impacted their lives. "We can't even explain how thankful we are", Morbitzer said. "We do them constantly". When they were home, they were home. Sam will be a therapy dog to comfort Joering's three daughters.

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 9, has established a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the Morelli and Joering families.

Excluding Saturday's shootings in OH, 12 US law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, nine in firearms-related incidents, according to the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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