Sheriff: Gunman kills police chief, 2 nursing home workers in Ohio


KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio- The Kirkersville Police Chief was among those killed in a shooting at a nursing home Friday morning.

The Pine Kirk nursing home, the Dispatch reported, is a 24-bed facility that serves people with both physical and behavioral health challenges. Disario, a father of six who was expecting another child, had only been police chief for around three weeks, Thorp said.

Thorp called it a hard day for all.

"Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Chief Eric Disario, who died in the line of duty", Kasich tweeted.

Thorp says Pine Kirk Care Center is a secure facility and investigators don't know how the gunman got in. "I guess the only peace of mind is that the threat is over".

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

The gunman, who was not immediately identified, shot two other people before turning the gun on himself, WBNS-TV reported. When they entered the nursing home, the gunman and the workers were dead, he said.

The gunman is also believed to be dead, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said at a news conference.

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The shooting closed down the main street in the village, which was flooded with police officers from several surrounding agencies and with ambulances.

A total of four people were killed - one being the suspected shooting suspect - in a shooting Friday morning at a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio, east of Columbus.

The order lasts through sunset Tuesday.

Sources in Licking County confirm a law enforcement officer has been shot during an active shooter situation.

Kirkersville Elementary School is on lockdown. A heavy police presence is still located at the school.

Keller said all elementary students were taken to Watkins Middle School, where they could be picked up by their parents. "I don't know if there was an exchange of gunfire". Their condition is unknown at this time.

"Our thoughts & many prayers go out to the #Kirkersville Police Dept & the Kirkersville community".

"We don't know the cause or the objective or what drove this individual to do this", Thorp said, adding that was being investigated.