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Gunman kills new police chief, two employees at nursing home

Gunman kills new police chief, two employees at nursing home

A police chief and two nursing home employees have died in a shooting Friday morning in Kirkersville, Ohio, according to several reports. In a statement, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said that the suspected gunman was also found dead.

"We've lost a police officer", the Licking County sheriff said, according to WBNS.

The nursing home appears to be located in a residential area, and people in nearby houses were told by law enforcement to stay inside while authorities handled the situation. The police chief, who had only been chief for about three weeks, arrived at the nursing home shortly before 8 a.m., the Dispatch noted.

The names of the employees who were killed and the suspected shooter have not been released. He was a father of six, with another child on the way.

Chief Eric Disario, 36, was shot while responding to the active shooter situation. 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.

Kirkersville is about 25 miles east of Columbus.

"I called and I called and I called and it was like I had no voice, so now that we have a police officer dead and these other innocent people dead, maybe someone will listen", said Long. As of May 3, 2017, there were 23 residents at the facility.




Police weren't immediately able to identify the gunman and were trying to determine what, if any, relationship he had with the nursing home, Thorp said.

Thorp says Pine Kirk Care Center is a secure facility and investigators don't know how the gunman got in.

Kathy Rogers owns a thrift shop on the same block as Pine Kirk Care Center.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing the crime scene and leading the investigation into Friday's incident.

Governor John Kasich has taken to Twitter to pay his condolences, also ordering that flags at the state capitol fly at half-mast. "Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy".


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