OH police chief, 3 others dead in nursing home shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

Spokeswoman Jill Del Greco, of the OH attorney general's office, said investigators had more interviews planned and learning more about the connection between Hartless and Medrano is part of their efforts. Suspect Thomas Hartless, 43, was found dead inside the nursing home in Kirkersville.

Authorities say the gunman had taken two passers-by as hostages in a wooded area behind the Pine Kirk Care Center.

Also killed inside the nursing home was 48-year-old nurse's aide Cindy Krantz, who died in a hallway from a shotgun wound, the coroner said.

Kirkersville is about 30 miles east of Columbus. Authorities say Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department, and two nursing home employees have been killed by a gunman who was later found dead inside the care facility.

An armed man gunned down a new village police chief on an OH street Friday and then killed two employees in a nearby nursing home, where he later was found dead, a sheriff said.

Told Thorp, "This is the situation, we don't know the cause or goal or what drove the individual to do this". No nursing home residents were injured. Hartless was later found dead inside the nursing home.

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Mourners stand outside the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville, Ohio, on Friday, May 12, 2017, as the bodies of two employees shot down by an armed man are removed.

"It was in that vicinity, very close to that, that the chief of police was in fact shot and was killed", DeWine said.

As early as April, Medrano's friends were trying to protect her from a man who they said regularly attacked her.

"He gave his own life to protect everybody and now his kids don't get to see their dad again", she said.

Police Chief Disario had only been on the job three weeks.

A report via WHIO told of the slain police chief expecting his seventh child with his wife and had only been chief about three weeks when the deadly shooting occurred. Some of the staff and residents barricaded themselves during the shooting, Thorp said. The gunman was later found dead.

"I am afraid to be alone with him, that he will hurt me for good", Medrano wrote in her latest petition in May.

People hug as emergency personnel arrive to the scene of a shooting outside Pine Kirk nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Hartless left his hostages to ambush DiSario, authorities say.

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