Veteran officers Antony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were killed in a shootout with a violent criminal Quentin Smith in the suburb of Columbus, Westerville Saturday.
A 911 operator took a call after two Ohio agents were killed, and heard a woman say: “my husband shot the police” as they hid in the bushes, it was reported on Sunday.
Veteran officers Antony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, were killed in a shootout with a violent criminal Quentin Smith in the suburb of Columbus, Westerville Saturday. The officials had responded to Smith’s home after a 911 hang-up call related to a domestic incident.
In the subsequent 911 call, a female voice is heard crying as she identifies Smith as the man who shot the officers, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The caller says: “help, help” and “my man shot the police,” the paper reported.
She also says: “my daughter is there.”
When she is asked where she is, and the woman says that she is hidden in the bushes.
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Westerville police chief Joe Morbitzer said Sunday at a press conference that Morelli and Off exchanged gunfire with Smith, after making contact with him.
Authorities said Smith was injured and was being treated in a hospital. Late Sunday, they announced that he was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the death of Morelli and Off.
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“The groups that we have thought about the past 24 hours, of course, the families of both officers,” Morbitzer said at the police headquarters in front of makeshift memorial for the officers.
The police released incident reports Saturday to show of the police had been to the Smith home or had dealings with him several times since 2017, for the alleged domestic violence in which a woman identified in the reports, 33-year-old woman, Candace Smith.
In a Nov. 29 incident, Candace Smith went to a police station and asked about the protection of the orders because she said that she and her husband were not getting along and they discovered she had a sexually transmitted disease. They told the police that when she “threatens to leave Quentin, he tells her that he kill her, their daughter and themselves,” the report said.
Candace Smith told police her husband “has a gun that he carries with him all of the time, and if it is not to him, it is there.” Police were called to the house later in the evening to investigate a report of domestic violence.
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The police had been called to the house as recently as three weeks ago for a reported failure, the researchers reported. The house of the residents, however, told police at the time that there was nothing wrong.
Smith had a rap sheet that charges for violent crimes such as burglary, domestic violence and felony assault when he lived in the neighborhood of Cleveland about a decade ago, Fox 28 In Columbus reported. He Had pleaded guilty to the burglary, and violence against, and spent some time in jail, pending trial.
Joering had a Westerville officer for 17 years. Morelli had been a member of the force for 30 years.
At the Sunday press conference Morbitzer lashed out at the people who try to take advantage of the tragedy by the creation of fake GoFundMe pages to raise funds.
Chief Morbitzer also said people are calling the police shouting threats, obscenities and vulgarities. “To be honest, there is a special place in hell for those people,” he said. “And my hope is that it goes very quickly.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.