A shooter opened fire inside an Ohio nursing home Friday, killing two employees and the town’s brand new police chief, police said.
Dozens of law enforcement officers were dispatched to Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville after panicked 911 calls.
Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, 36 — who had only led the Kirkersville Police Department for about three weeks — was killed by the shooter and two nursing home workers were also found dead, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.
The gunman is also dead, authorities said, but how he died was not immediately clear. He was not identified by police, but family members identified the gunman as 43-year-old Thomas Hartless, NBC affiliate WCMH reported.
Disario responded to a report of a man with a gun around 7:45 a.m., Thorp said during a press conference. After spotting the suspect, he engaged with the alleged shooter, Thorp said.
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.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Kalhan Rosenblatt and Phil McCausland