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


Representatives from area law enforcement agencies may travel in a caravan from the Valley to Westerville, Ohio on Friday to attend funeral services for two police officers killed in the line of duty.

More than two dozen police officers crowded into the hearing Monday, nearly all from Westerville in suburban Columbus, the department that lost two officers in Saturday's shooting.

The city of Westerville responded on Twitter early into the investigation. Smith lived there with his wife, Candace, and a young daughter.

Westerville police haven't announced funeral details. "Now is one of those times and we - as a community - must rally behind the families and fellow officers", Bacon said in a news release. Columbus police are investigating the shootings.

In the following call, the woman pleads for help. Officers are then sent to the home. At 12:13 p.m., after a dispatcher confirms contact has been made, a man's voice can be yelling, "We have shots fired". But she told her boyfriend not to let Smith take their truck, he said. "Our men were dedicated officers for certain, but we knew them as dedicated fathers and husbands". Police had gone to the home three times for domestic disputes since September 2017.

On Sept. 14, police responded to a call from Candace Smith that her husband was drunk and doing something to her auto.

"Female has his key so she is not concerned about him coming back", the report said.

But the connection between Westerville and its police officers isn't limited to individual relationships. She reported Smith shot one of the officers as he came into the house.

Smith denied that he threatened anyone with a gun, and told police that he and his wife were going through financial problems, records say. She said Smith always carried a gun despite being a convicted felon.

The suspect, 30-year-old Quentin Lamar Smith, was also injured in the shooting and is in the hospital, police said. A social media post by Lawson after Saturday's shooting "referenced the long-standing friendship between the two", according to the complaint by ATF agent Teresa Petit.

In recent years, however, leftists have waged a war on our police, in an attempt to render them ineffective and to use this perceived ineffectiveness as an excuse to replace local police with federally controlled law-enforcement agencies.

John Kasich ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff until the officers are interred.

Trump tweeted: "This is a true tragedy!"

The officers were shot Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome where 30-year-old suspect Quentin Smith was wounded.