According to United States Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman, Gerald A. Lawson III, 30, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, has been charged for allegedly buying a firearm for Quentin L. Smith, who is accused of shooting and killing Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Tony Morelli.

Lawson, who was arrested Monday, has been charged in Federal Court with aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to investigators, Smith was prohibited from buying or possessing a gun because he is a convicted felon.

A criminal complaint filed against Lawson says Smith gave Lawson the money to buy the gun along with $100 for completing the transaction.

Officers Joering and Morelli were shot Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome.

Smith, who was also shot, is in stable condition and expected to survive.

He’s charged with aggravated murder.

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