Records detail violent history for man charged with Westerville officers' murders

Quentin Smith

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The man charged with the murders of two Westerville police officers has a history of domestic violence and threatening behavior, according to a 10 Investigates' review of police records that date back more than a decade.

The records, compiled from police reports from Westerville, Columbus and Euclid, Ohio, detail a pattern of threats involving weapons to others that date back to 2007.

Smith is facing two counts of aggravated murder for the fatal shootings of Westerville police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.

Prior to Saturday's fatal shootings of the officers, Westerville Police had responded to Quentin Smith's apartment at least five times in the past six months - according to reports obtained by 10 Investigates.

During one response on Nov. 29, 2017, Smith's wife told authorities that she and Quentin Smith had not been getting along and alleged that Quentin Smith had forced himself on her.

10TV News is not naming the woman.

Police records show the woman had approached Westerville Police in late November of 2017 to ask about protection orders. Police responded to their apartment on Nov. 29 when the woman reported that the two had been arguing. The woman told police when "she threatens to leave Quentin, he tells her that he would kill her, their daughter, and himself,'" according to the officer's notes. The woman “added that he has a gun that he carries all of the time, and if isn’t on him, it is close by. She said she knows he is convicted felon and is not supposed to have a gun, but he gave money to a friend of his, and the friend purchased it for him.”

On scene, the officer asked if he could pat down Quentin. Smith said “yes.” But no gun was located. Quentin denied cheating on his wife or giving her an STD, saying his wife was lying.

Police suggested he leave for the night but the pair opted to stay in different parts of the house and police left.

But it was Smith's 2008 conviction for burglary and domestic violence that prevented him from owning a gun.

10 Investigates received a copy of that incident report from Euclid, Ohio police on Tuesday.

The report details a violent episode involving Smith's ex-wife, who he divorced in 2010.

That woman told police at the time that Quentin believed that she was "cheating on him" and that "Quentin started waving a gun around and screaming that he should have killed her two days ago."

The report states the woman ran to a neighbor's house but Quentin pushed his way through the door. Witnesses reported Quentin ran upstairs and "cocked the gun and held it to the (woman's) head, then started screaming at her." Quentin was arrested at the scene and later convicted of burglary with a firearm and domestic violence. He served three years in prison but was released in 2011 and put on post-release control until 2013.

That felony conviction prevents Smith from owning a gun.

On Monday, federal authorities charged his friend - Gerald Lawson III - with buying the gun they say was used to kill the two Westerville officers.

Lawson is due back in federal court Wednesday for a detention hearing.

At last check, Smith was still recovering from his injuries after being shot by officers during Saturday's incident. He had not yet been booked into the Franklin County Jail.