BREAKING: Police Chief MURDERED- 3 Others DEAD- Here’s The Tragic Details


An Ohio police chief was killed while responding to a shooting at a nursing home that left three others dead, according to police.

The shooter killed 36-year-old Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario who was responding to a 911 call from the Pine Kirk Care Center, Fox 28 reported. Investigators later found three bodies inside the home including the killer, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorpe said.


A motive for the shootings was unclear.

Police have identified Thomas Hartless, 43, as the suspected gunman, ABC 6 reports.

Ex-con Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica, Ohio, was identified as the suspected shooter. (LICKING COUNTY JAIL)

Hartless had previously been sentenced to two years in prison in April 2010 for assault and abduction only to be released in December 2010, Daily News reports.

He was arrested again for domestic violence in January 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. He also said the gunman had two hostages in a wooded area that were not harmed

The last radio transmission from Disario informed dispatch that he had the gunman in his sights. When backup units arrived, they found Disario’s body in the street Fox News reported.

Disario had six children and another baby on the way, Thorpe said.

Thorpe set another news conference for later Friday afternoon.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement:

“Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Chief Eric Disario, who died in the line of duty,” he said. “Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy. Blessed are the peacemakers for they be called children of God.”

Witness Jeffrey Griffin said he heard the gunshots while dropping his kids off at a babysitter’s house. He said people “took off running” from the Pine Kirk Care Center, and he was “pretty stunned.”

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Police had previously told people in the area to stay inside their homes.

Kirkersville Elementary School went on lockdown during the incident and closed for the day.

RIP Kirkersville Village Police Officer. You are a Hero. We got it from here Brother in Blue. Gone but not forgotten. Prayers for the family/friends and the Community of the Village of Kirkersville. #BLUELIVESMATTER


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