De­ten­tion for man ac­cused of sell­ing gun used to kill po­lice

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew Welsh Hug­gins

COLUM­BUS » A man ac­cused of pro­vid­ing the gun used in the fa­tal shoot­ing of two Ohio po­lice of­fi­cers must re­main in jail with­out bond, a judge ruled on Wed­nes­day.

Ger­ald Law­son, of sub­ur­ban Cleve­land, bought the hand­gun for shoot­ing sus­pect Quentin Smith last sum­mer, fed­eral au­thor­i­ties al­leged in a com­plaint filed in fed­eral court ear­lier this week.

The com­plaint said Smith gave Law­son the money to buy the gun along with $100 for com­plet­ing the trans­ac­tion.

Fed­eral Mag­is­trate Judge Kim­berly Jol­son on Wed­nes­day or­dered con­tin­ued de­ten­tion for the 30-year-old Law­son, cit­ing a risk he posed to the com­mu­nity.

Law­son has not yet been re­quired to en­ter a plea. A mes­sage was left with his public de­fender.

As a felon, pre­vi­ously con­victed of bur­glary, Smith was pre­vented from hav­ing a weapon.

Au­thor­i­ties said Smith shot Wester­ville po­lice of­fi­cers Eric Jo­er­ing, 39, and An­thony Morelli, 54, at a town­home on Satur­day where Smith was wounded.

Smith re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized. Court records don’t show an at­tor­ney for him.

A com­bined fu­neral will be held for the of­fi­cers on Fri­day at St. Paul Catholic Church in Wester­ville.

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, the Staten Is­land, New York­based Stephen Siller Tun­nel to Tow­ers Foun­da­tion an­nounced it would pay off Jo­er­ing’s mort­gage in full. The foun­da­tion was cre­ated in honor of New York City fire­fighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11.

ADAM CAIRNS — THE COLUM­BUS DIS­PATCH VIA AP

The po­lice es­cort Wester­ville Po­lice of­fi­cers Morelli and Jo­er­ing home from Franklin County Coro­ners of­fice Mon­day in Wester­ville.

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