2 slain Ohio officers' families thank community for supportFebruary 13, 2018 9:50pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The families of two Ohio 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.

The officers from the northeast Columbus suburb of Westerville, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli, were shot Saturday at a townhome where the suspect was wounded.

In a statement released late Monday, the officers' families requested privacy and said they need time to heal.

"We have seen and heard so much from people who have shared stories about how our men impacted their lives. They will be so greatly missed, not only by us, but by everyone they touched," the statement said.

Westerville police tweeted their own appreciation Tuesday.

" 'Thank you' does not seem adequate to express what we want to convey to our community, our law enforcement brothers & sisters, and the businesses and people across the US who have shown their support and love to us. We are forever changed," the tweet said.

A combined funeral will be held for the officers Friday afternoon at St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville, police chief Joe Morbitzer said Tuesday. The City of Westerville will livestream the event.

The chief also announced that arrangements are being made for Joering's police dog to remain with the officer's widow and young daughters.

The wounded suspect, Quentin Smith, 30, is expected to survive. He has been charged with aggravated murder. Court records didn't show an attorney for him.

A man accused of providing Smith with the gun used in the killings was arrested Monday.

Gerald Lawson, 30, of suburban Cleveland, was charged with aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He's accused of buying the gun for Smith, a close friend, last summer.

Lawson was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in federal court in Columbus. Court records don't list an attorney for him.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FILE This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Quentin L. Smith, charged with aggravated murder after the deaths of two police officers shot Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a town home in Westerville, Ohio.  A prosecutor is asking that Smith be held without bail or bond as the potential death penalty case proceeds.(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
Suspect in slaying of 2 police officers jailed without bail
Konstantine Anthony, left, joins other grassroots protestors during a rally against gun violence in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Hundreds of sign-carrying, chanting protesters have converged on a downtown Los Angeles park, demanding tougher background checks and other gun-safety measures following last week's deadly school shooting in Florida. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
The Latest: Suspect legally purchased at least 7 long guns
FILE - This Aug. 12, 2016, file photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, Okla. A judge on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, sentenced Majors to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting his Lebanese neighbor in August 2016 in what the jury determined was a hate crime. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
Oklahoma man gets life without parole for hate crime killing
An official talks with a motorist outside Jackson Township Middle School, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in Massillon, Ohio. A school official in Ohio says a middle school student apparently shot himself after bringing a gun to school. Police say Jackson Middle School, near Massillon, is on lockdown Tuesday and that the students and staff are safe. (Bob Rossiter/The Canton Repository via AP)
7th-grader with distraction device shoots himself at school
US postal worker found fatally shot in mail truck in DallasDallas police: U.S. Postal Service worker found fatally shot inside a mail truck along busy highway, case being investigated as a homicide
Teen convicted in brother's slaying after fight over candyOhio teenager charged as adult in killing of younger brother after argument over Halloween candy convicted of murder, sentenced to 15 years to life in prison
This component is currently unavailable.
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices