The police chief slain by a gunman who killed two others in a nursing home last week died from a single shotgun wound as he got out of his auto, a coroner said Monday.
The gunman was in a wooded area behind the nursing home when he encountered two passers-by, whom he temporarily took hostage. Authorities say Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersvill.
This undated image released by Allison Burnett shows her mother Cindy Krantz, a 48-year-old nurse's aide who was fatally shot, Friday, May 12, 2017, at an OH nursing home where she worked. Kirkersville police chief Steven DiSario, nurse's aide Cindy Krantz and nurse Marlina Medrano were shot and killed Friday, by Medrano's ex-boyfriend, Thomas Hartless, 43.
Pine Kirk is licensed for 24 patients and had 23 as of May 3, according to Ohio Department of Health records.
Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp says slain police chief, Steven Eric Disario, had headed the Kirkersville Police Department for only about three weeks.
He was responding around 7:50 a.m.to a report of a gunman in the street near Pine Kirk Care Center when he was killed.
Law enforcement officials searched two vehicles and a home following Friday's killings in Kirkersville, a village of about 500 residents roughly 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus.
Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft says the tragedy has drawn people in this tiny town together offering support to the families of the victims.
Chris Krantz says his wife had "a really big heart" and would give neighborhood kids ice cream and take them to Sunday school.
She was going to be a grandmother for the second time.
"Once the shot was sacked at the chief, the two hostages took off running", Thorp said. He was the father of six, with a seventh child on the way. He was released from jail in April after his latest domestic violence case in March. State prison records show he served eight months in 2010 for the 2009 abduction of another woman. "I am afraid to be alone with him, that he will hurt me for good".
The two hostages, who were not harmed, ran away when the gunman shot Disario, investigators said. Disario, responding to a report of a man with a gun, said in his last radio communication that he had the man in sight. After that, he charged into the nursing home and opened fire.
This story has been corrected to show that it's Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, Desario.