A Jury in Columbus (OH) suggested that Quentin Smith—who was found guilty of shooting and killing two police officers in February 2018—receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
According to Fox News, Smith exchanged gunfire with Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli of the Westerville Police Department in February 2018.
Westerville Chief of Police Charles Chandler said in a statement, "The verdict in this phase of the trial is met with many mixed emotions. The most important result of today is that the killer will not have the ability to harm anyone in society again. We will continue to move on with the healing process and support the Morelli and Joering families. We will also ensure the lives of our fallen brothers are celebrated and never forgotten. Tony and Eric's actions embody the true heart of the American Police Officer; they made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no outcome that brings them back, so as a department and community, we move forward. Again, thank you for the love and support."
Smith was convicted of two counts of aggravated murder last week. The formal sentencing will take place in two weeks.