Agent Says Tips, Social Media Led to Gun Arrest

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A federal agent says tips from the community, social media posts and a gun trace led to the arrest of a man accused of providing the weapon used to kill two Ohio police officers.

Ronald Herndon is the assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Columbus. He said Monday that the agency pursued the information following Saturday’s fatal shooting of the Westerville police department officers.

The information led to the arrest of Gerald Lawson. He is accused of selling a gun last summer to Quentin Smith, who has been charged with shooting the two officers.

The 30-year-old Lawson made a brief appearance in federal court Monday where he was not required to enter a plea. A bond hearing is set for Wednesday.