Police chief, 2 nursing home employees killed; shooter dead

The gunman was in a wooded area behind the nursing home when he encountered two passers-by, whom he temporarily took hostage.

Disario was responding to a report of a man with a gun, and his last radio communication said he had the man in sight, Thorp said.

DiSario had been chief for about three weeks, Thorp said, and was a father of six with a seventh child on the way. For a shooter to get into the locked facility, Casto says a person would need someone to let them in or have access to the code.

The incident resulted in the lockdown of the local elementary school, but authorities have not confirmed any additional injuries. The village of about 500 residents is roughly 25 miles east of Columbus.

Thorp said approximately 23 residents were in the building when the bullets began flying.

"The chief responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Pine Kirk nursing home at 7:50 a.m.in downtown Kirkersville in western Licking County". The unidentified officer worked for the Kirkersville Police Department. When they entered the nursing home, the gunman and the workers were dead, he said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the gunman killed himself, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said. A heavy police presence is still located at the school. Students were taken to a nearby middle school, where parents could pick them up.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) has ordered flags flown at half-staff following the fatal shooting of a village police chief in an attack that also killed two nursing home employees.

Lt. Sellers says the sheriff has requested assistance from the Ohio BCI who is on the way now. "Grateful for law enforcement's quick response".

  • Bernice Underwood