Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

OH chief died exiting vehicle at nursing home shooting


Asked to comment on what led to Friday morning's shooting, Thorp said investigators were still trying to find a connection between the nursing home and the un-named shooter.

Disario was a father of six with a child "on the way", according to Thorp. The employees were Marlina Medrano, a nurse, and 48-year-old Cindy Krantz, a nurse's aide.

Thorp said Hartless took two passerbys hostage behind the nursing home before opening fire at Disario.

DiSario responded to the scene from the nearby Kirkersville Police station on a call of a disturbance and a man in the street with a gun.

The shooting closed down the main street in the village, which was flooded with police officers from several surrounding agencies and with ambulances.

State and local authorities said Saturday the investigation was continuing and they had no new information to release on the deaths in the village of some 500 residents, roughly 25 miles east of Columbus.

"I said that day if we had not been home, I really felt he would've killed her on the porch that day, just kind of got prolonged I guess", said Long.

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Of disconcert, a report via heavy cited one of Hartless" neighbors having written on Facebook that the suspect was a "violent man" while expressing "grave fear for my life and that of my daughter.' It was not immediately clear when the message was left.

"In small-town America, we're all very close", Van Winkle said.

Thorp says it was in that area that Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario was killed while responding to reports of a man with a gun.

"It's a real hard day for all of us", Thorp said.

A woman who works about a block from where an OH police chief and two nursing home employees were killed says she heard gunshots followed by screaming and then sirens. They were removed so the scene could be processed, he said. "They do good job of taking care of a niche clientele".

The 23 residents of the nursing home, who barricaded themselves inside during the shooting, have been moved so that investigators can analyse the crime scene.

Governor John Kasich has taken to Twitter to pay his condolences, also ordering that flags at the state capitol fly at half-mast. His body has been taken to the Licking County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. "Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy".

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