An armed man gunned down a new village police chief on an Ohio street Friday morning and then killed two employees in a nearby nursing home, where he later was found dead, a sheriff said. No nursing home residents were injured. The slain police chief, Steven Eric Disario, had headed the Kirkersville Police Department for only about three weeks, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said. Disario was shot on a street near the Pine Kirk Care Center, and the two employees and the gunman were found dead inside, the AP reports.
Disario, 36, was a father of six children, with a seventh on the way, the sheriff said. Thorp called it a hard day for all. "We've lost a police officer. It's just a tragic event," he said. "I guess the only peace of mind is that the threat is over." 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. Responding officers found Disario on the street and then investigated a report of a gunman at the nursing home, Thorp said. Police weren't immediately able to identify the gunman and were trying to determine what, if any, relationship he had with the nursing home.