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OH police chief, 3 others dead in nursing home shooting

15 May 2017

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said during a second press conference that the shooter was from Utica and warrants have been obtained for his home and a pair of vehicles.

Cottrell had ties to Licking County and had graduated from Central Ohio Technical College.

"A report via abc6 told of investigators arriving at the home of Hartless" parents in Utica searching for evidence. The gunman was found dead with the employees.

A police chief who had been on the job for just a few weeks and two nursing home employees are dead after a shooting this morning in Kirkersville, Ohio, officials said.

Nurse Marlina Medrano, nurse's aide Cindy Krantz, and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario were killed in the Friday attack.

The hostages were able to get away when the suspect shot Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, who was dispatched to the scene.

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The motive is unknown, Thorp said.

Two people outside the facility were also held hostage during the incident but were unharmed, authorities said. He was not identified by police, but family members identified the gunman as 43-year-old Thomas Hartless, NBC affiliate WCMH reported.

Gov John Kasich expressed his condolences in a tweet (pictured).

Authorities released no new information Saturday on the deaths in the village of some 500 residents, roughly 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus.

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.

Bill Sims said his daughter, 23-year-old Sarah Sims, works at the nursing home and locked herself in the basement when she heard the sound of gunfire. He said he saw people "running" from the Pine Kirk Care Center. Some residents had barricaded themselves in various places, police said.

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He said she would give neighborhood children ice cream and round them up to take them to Sunday school.

The chief of the Kirkersville Police Department was killed in a shooting Friday morning.

No nursing home residents were injured. The gunman was later found dead. People shouted that they needed police, the witness said.

"The last radio transmission we have from him was that he had the subject in sight", said Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp. Authorities say Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Po.

Special agent Michael Trout from the BCI says seven special investigation agents are now conducting interviews and three crime scene agents are on the scene.

Thorp says Disario was found outside the Pine Kirk Care Center.

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Thorp could not be reached for further comment, but local media, citing law enforcement officials, reported that two female nursing home employees and the shooter were later found dead inside the facility by other officers.

OH police chief, 3 others dead in nursing home shooting