Man accused of selling gun to Westerville suspect ordered to remain in jail

Gerald Lawson

COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge has ordered continued detention for a man accused of providing the gun used in the fatal shooting of two Ohio police officers.

Federal prosecutors say Gerald Lawson, of suburban Cleveland, bought the handgun for shooting suspect Quentin Smith last summer.

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

Federal Magistrate Judge Kimberly Jolson ruled Wednesday the 30-year-old Lawson must remain in jail.

Court records do not list an attorney for Lawson. He has not yet been required to enter a plea.

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

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