Ohio police chief, 2 nursing home employees killed by gunman

Lauren Perry
May 13, 2017

Police told the Newark Advocate that there is no threat to the public at this point.

DiSario had been chief for about three weeks, Thorp said, and was a father of six with a seventh child on the way.

Kirkersville is about 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus. The suspect gunman is also dead after turning his weapon on himself. Some residents had barricaded themselves in various places, police said. He said he saw people "running" from the Pine Kirk Care Center. Two victims were employees of the nursing home, and authorities believe the [other] person was the shooter, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the accused shooter took two hostages in an alley, but both were released unharmed.

Flowers and flags appeared in an impromptu memorial outside the village police hall.

"Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Chief Eric Disario, who died in the line of duty", he wrote, adding "blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God". 'These things don't happen here'. "I thought it was a tire blown out", Rogers said.

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A woman who lives across the street said she and her 6-year-old son heard it happen. "He was yelling and screaming".

"They provide them with a small environment that's less institutional than some facilities might be", he said.

The other residents of Pine Kirk have been taken to local hospitals where they will stay for the night.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing the crime scene and leading the investigation into Friday's incident. "Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy".

Gov. John Kasich ordered flags flown at half-staff in Licking County and the Statehouse and expressed his condolences in a tweet.

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