The Latest: Man accused of killing 2 Ohio officers charged
Feb. 12, 2018
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on two Ohio officers fatally shot while responding to 911 hang-up call (all times local):
A man accused of killing two Ohio police officers has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder.
Authorities filed the charges against 30-year-old Quentin Smith late Sunday afternoon.
Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli were killed Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome in the city.
Authorities say the officers shot and wounded Smith, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The hospital would not provide updates on his condition on Sunday.
Reports show police had previously gone to the home where the officers were shot for three domestic disputes but no arrests were ever made.
President Donald Trump on Sunday wrote on Twitter that he had reached out to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) to express his condolences over the officers' deaths.
President Donald Trump has called Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) to express condolences over the deaths of two police officers.
Trump on Sunday tweeted that he reached out to Kasich, a Republican and frequent rival, to offer prayers after Westerville officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli were killed the day before.
Trump tweeted: "This is a true tragedy!"
Police had previously been to the home of the suspect, 30-year-old Quentin Smith, three times for domestic dispute calls.
Smith was shot and wounded by the officers and taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in critical condition.
Trump has long cast himself as a friend of law enforcement and has vowed to toughen punishments for those who wound or kill police officers.
Reports show that police in the Ohio city where two officers were fatally shot at a home had previously gone to the residence for domestic violence calls.
Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli were killed early Saturday afternoon while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome where the suspect, 30-year-old Quentin Smith, was wounded.
Police in this normally quiet Columbus suburb went to the townhome where Smith lives with his wife and young daughter on possible domestic violence three times since September. No arrests were made.
A November call came from Smith's wife, who said Smith cheated on her and gave her a sexually transmitted disease. Smith's mother called police when officers went to the home this January.
This story has been corrected to show that Westerville police went to the home after Smith's mother contacted police in January 2018, not September 2017.