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Gunman killed Ohio police chief, 2 nursing home workers

May 12th, 2017 - Comments Off

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio — Authorities said a gunman fatally shot an Ohio village police chief and two nursing home employees on Friday before he was found dead.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp identified the slain police chief as Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department.

Thorp said Disario, 36, had only been on the job for about three weeks. He said the chief was a father of six children, with a seventh on the way.

“It’s a hard day for all of us,” Thorp said.

Disario was investigating a report of a man with a gun when the suspect took two people hostage outside the Pine Kirk Care Center. Investigators said the hostages, who were not harmed, ran away when the gunman shot Disario.

Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting, which took place just before 7:30 a.m. at the nursing home on East Main Street at 3rd Street.

Thorp said two employees of the center and the suspected gunman were later found dead inside the nursing home. Investigators are still trying to determine how the suspect got inside the secure facility, Thorp said.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday that the suspected shooter was from Utica and that investigators have secured warrants to search his home and vehicle.

Investigators did not say how the gunman died and were trying to determine what, if any, relationship he had with the nursing home. His identity and the identities of the two employees have not been released.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, the deaths reportedly stunned the Licking County village, which is located 20 miles east of Columbus and home to approximately 525 residents.

United Methodist Church Pastor Matt Van Winkle said village residents are leaning on each other for support in the wake of the tragic killings.

“In small-town America, we’re all very close,” Van Winkle said. “We’re basically a giant family.”

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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