Two aggravated murder charges were filed Sunday against Quentin Lamar Smith, the man police say shot and killed two veteran Westerville, Oh., police officers on Saturday in what was little short of an ambush, the Columbus Dispatch reports. As soon as officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli went inside Smith’s home, Smith pointed a handgun at them. All three men fired. Joering died at the scene; Morelli died a short time later at a hospital. Smith was wounded. Smith has a long history of violence. He has assault and domestic violence cases dating to 2005 in Cuyahoga County. In 2008, prosecutors charged Smith with aggravated burglary, burglary and domestic violence. He pleaded to the domestic violence and burglary charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Westerville police officers had responded several times to domestic violence calls at the home where Saturday’s fatal shootings occurred. The incident Saturday began with a 911 call about noon. A woman made an unintelligible sound, and the line went dead. A dispatcher called the number back, but the call went to a voice-mail account belonging to Candace Smith. Officers arrived at the home, and no one answered the door initially. Then, at 12:13, officers reported that they were making contact with the residents. Shots were filed a minute later.