A shooter who opened fire within a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio killed not just two workers there but also the police chief. The shooting has shocked the local population and the top police brass as well.
The 36-year old Kirkersville Police Chief, Steven Eric Disario, who had taken the charge of the local police department less than a month ago, lost his life when he went to the scene of the crime following a 911 call.
The 911 call had reportedly been made from Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville where the shooter had gone on rampage.
In the meantime the gunman who took the life of three innocent people was found dead on the spot. But it is not yet clear as to how he died there, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.
A report by WCMH said that while the killer was not recognized by the police, his family members identified him as Thomas ‘Tommy’ Hartless.
Authorities claim that the slain Kirkersville Police Chief, Steven Eric Disario Disario responded to a report of a man with a gun around 7:45 a.m. Disario himself engaged with the gunman and authorities claim that in his final radio communication, Disario reported that he had the suspect in his sights. When deputies arrived on scene, they found Disario unresponsive in the street.
In the meantime, Ohio’s governor called killing of the Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario and two employees of Pine Kirk Care Center as “horrific.”
Police chief has reportedly left behind a big family of six children and a pregnant wife.
A report in WHIO-TV while quoting Sarah Sims, 23, an employee of the nursing home said that she was in the basement when she heard “loud bangs.” She barricaded the door, called 911, and was advised to stay “calm,” the report said.
Media reports claim that Hartless’ girlfriend worked at the nursing home. A CNN report said “Sheriff’s deputies arriving to back up DiSario found the chief shot in the alley…When they entered the nursing home, the gunman and the workers were dead.” A report in the Dayton Daily News said that DiSario and his wife, Aryn, “are a blended family each with kids from previous relationships. They have one child together and Aryn is pregnant, ready to give birth any day now.”