On Saturday, February 10, 2018, two Westerville, Ohio police officers responded to a 911 call. They were shot when they entered the apartment. One died on scene, while the other died after he was taken to the hospital. The suspect, Quentin Smith, was arrested and treated for injuries.
Two Ohio police officers have been killed in what can be described as a domestic situation gone horribly wrong.
At 12:02 p.m. on Saturday, 911 received a call from a person who hung up without saying anything.
Going on the concern that there may be a domestic situation, Westerville Police Department Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were sent to 312 Crosswind Drive.
They arrived at the address at 12:10 p.m. When they entered the apartment, a suspect opened fire on the officers. Both were shot.
A woman called 911 to report the shooting. She told the operator that she was hiding in the bushes in front of the residence. Identifying herself as Candace, she said that her husband had shot the two officers. Terrified, she also told the dispatcher that her one-year-old daughter was still in the home.
When additional police arrived on scene, the suspect was arrested and taken to hospital for unspecified injuries.
The alleged shooter has since been identified as Quentin Smith, 30 years old.
Suspect & Wife Had a History of Domestic Problems
Quentin and Candace Smith have a record of domestic issues.
On September 14, 2017, the police were called when Quentin Smith was at the home after the couple had allegedly separated, and his wife wanted him removed. There were no charges.
On November 29, 2017, police reports show that Candace Smith had spoken to the police about getting a protection order. She claimed her husband had threatened her and her infant daughter. She also said that Quentin Smith always had a gun on or near him. That night, police were called to the couple’s address on a domestic violence call.
Police also attended the same address three weeks ago for a disturbance, but were turned away with the insistence that nothing had happened.
Westerville Community in Mourning
Officer Morelli, who died in hospital, was a 30-year veteran of the Westerville Police Department.
Officer Joering, pronounced dead at the scene, had been an officer for 17 years.
“Both officers gave their life in protection of others,” Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said, in a tearful statement to the press, “Those are true American heroes.”
The Columbus Police Department will be handling the investigation into the shooting of Joering and Morelli.
The City of #Westerville suffered a tremendous loss today. @WestervillePD Officer Anthony Morelli and Officer Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty. Please keep our first responders and the officers’ families in your thoughts and prayers. #WestervilleStrong pic.twitter.com/GcN3Y4FRvr
— City of Westerville (@tellwesterville) February 11, 2018