Detention for man accused of selling gun used to kill police

The Police escort of Westerville Police officers Morelli and Joering home from Franklin County Coroners office today as they head north of S. State Street in Westerville, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Quentin L. Smith, charged with aggravated murder after the deaths of two police officers shot Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a town home in Westerville, Ohio. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, ordered flags flown at half-staff around the state to honor Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, the two officers fatally shot at the town home in the suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Smith, wounded in the shootout, was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive, officials said Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
Columbus Police honor guard members salute the ambulance carrying the body of Westerville Police officer Eric Joering during a procession transporting the bodies of Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Flowers and signs adorn a Westerville Police car at a memorial outside the police department Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, following a procession transporting the bodies of Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Lindsay Evans, right, holds friend Rachel Kaczmarek, left, as the the bodies of Westerville Police officers Morelli and Joering pass by from Franklin County Coroners Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Evans and Kaczmarek has officer Morelli as a resource officer in middle school. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 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 York-based 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.

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