WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) — This Friday, Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering will be laid to rest. Tuesday night, the man accused of gunning them down clings to life at The Ohio State University Hospital.
Contacts with Columbus Police Department tell NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi that Quentin Smith is on lockdown. That means an officer is posted outside of his door and visitors are not allowed.
Smith, according to Sussi’s contacts, suffered at least four gunshot wounds to his upper body and is on life support.
When officers Morelli and Joering arrived at the Westerville townhouse Saturday afternoon, Columbus Police Department contacts say Quentin Smith opened fire. When a third Westerville officer arrived on the scene, sources say the shooting was over.
According to a federal criminal complaint, agents say Smith used a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun to kill officers Morelli and Joering. The gun, according to the complaint, was bought at Stonewall Gun Shop and Range in Broadview Heights, outside of Cleveland.
Federal agents say it was a straw purchase. The complaint states Smith provided Gerald Lawson with the money to buy the weapon last May, plus another $100 for his help. Smith did prison time for burglary and a gun conviction and is not allowed to possess firearms.
Lawson, of Warrensville Heights, is charged with providing Smith with the weapon.
According to the complaint, Smith and Lawson are longtime friends. Lawson, if convicted, faces up to ten years in prison.