Suspect Thomas Hartless, 43, was found dead in a nursing home. He had killed a nurse who had obtained civil protective ordersagainst him, as well as a nurse’s aide, and Police Chief Steven Eric Disario of Kirkersville, Ohio, 25 miles east of Columbus.
The man authorities say gunned down an Ohio village police chief and two nursing home employees had a history of violence, including against the nurse who was among the slain, reports the Associated Press. The suspect, Thomas Hartless, 43, was found dead inside Pine Kirk Care Center. Nurse Marlina Medrano, 46, nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz, 48, and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, 36, were killed in the Friday attack. Kirkersville is a village of 500 residents 25 miles east of Columbus.
Medrano had obtained civil protection orders against Hartless. Hartless was released from jail in April after his latest domestic violence case in March. Show he served eight months in prison in 2010 for the 2009 abduction of another woman. “I am afraid to be alone with him, that he will hurt me for good,” Medrano wrote in her latest petition this month. Medrano had reported injuries including a concussion and cuts requiring stitches. The Columbus Dispatch reported that she had earlier told police he once showed her a hole he had dug and said he would put her in it if she didn’t stay with him. Disario headed the Kirkersville Police Department for only about three weeks.