Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario
Photo credit: Kirkersville Police Department
KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio — When Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario pulled into an alley behind the Pine Kirk Care Center on Friday morning, he was killed by a shotgun blast immediately after exiting his cruiser, the Licking County coroner’s office said.
The Licking County coroner’s office released its initial findings Monday in the deaths of DiSario, two female employees and the gunman which occurred at the Kirkersville nursing home. Toxicology results will come back in 8 to 10 weeks.
Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica, identified as the gunman, used the shotgun and a handgun to kill his girlfriend, Marlina Medrano, 46, a nurse who was in the nursing office at Pine Kirk Care Center. Medrano died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner’s office said.
The third victim, Cindy Jean Krantz, 48, a nurse aide, died from a close range shotgun wound in a nursing home hallway.
The gunman, Hartless, was found dead in the nursing office from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the coroner’s office said.
The incident started at 7:50 a.m. Friday with a 911 call about an armed man, later identified as Hartless, holding two passersby as hostages behind the Kirkersville nursing home. DiSario was the first law enforcement officer to respond, and in his last radio transmission he said he had the suspect in sight. The village’s part-time police chief had only been working for the department for a month and had only been chief for three weeks.
The hostages escaped unharmed after Hartless shot DiSario, authorities said. Hartless then went into the nursing home and shot Krantz and Medrano before killing himself. Hartless’ car was later found at the Flying J off I-70 and Route 158 just over a mile from the nursing home.
Hartless had a history of violence against Medrano, who had obtained three prior court protection orders against him this year.
Funeral arrangements for DiSario have been set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road. Calling hours are set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Schoedinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Krantz’s funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Vineyard Christian Church of Pataskala at 9286 York Road. The Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service in Kirkersville is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Calling hours for Medrano will be 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Dr., Newark, Ohio. Medrano’s funeral service will be private.
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