Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Suspect Charged with Murdering Two Ohio Police Officers

FILE - These undated file photos provided by the City of Westerville, Ohio show Officers Eric Joering, 39, left, and Anthony Morelli, 54, who were fatally shot while responding to a hang-up 9-1-1 call on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Police in the Columbus suburb of Westerville on Monday, Feb. 12 will escort the bodies of two slain officers as they're moved from a coroner's office to separate funeral homes. Officials invited the public to line the route as the bodies are transported Monday to honor the officers. (City of Westerville via AP, File)

Veteran officers Anthony Moreli.54 and Eric Joering,39 were killed on Saturday after responding to a 911 hang-up call related to a domestic violence incident.

The suspect 30-year-old Quentin Smith has been charged with two aggravated murder charges in connection with the death of the two Ohio police officers.

He is currently at an Ohio hospital in critical condition but is stable and expected to survive, according to officials.

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. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

Smith was identified as the suspected murderer after his wife, Candace Smith, placed a call to a 911 operator Sunday following the deaths of two police officers identifying her husband as the shooter.

She stated, my husband, shot the police officers, the woman who was said to be crying and hiding in bushes near the family home added: “my daughter is in there.”

At a press briefing held Sunday Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said Morelli and Joering exchanged gunfire with Smith after making contact with him.

Late Sunday, they announced that he was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of the two officers.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if the suspect survives.

 

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