Police had previously gone to home where officers killed

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Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Westerville police have confirmed that two officers have been fatally shot at a home in the Columbus suburb. A police statement says the officers responded to a 911 hang-up call around 11:30 a.m. and were shot after they arrived at […]

CLEVELAND (AP) – 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.

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