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Report: Ohio chief died exiting car at nursing home shooting

An impromptu memorial of flowers and flags appeared outside the Kirkersville Police Department, on Friday, May, 12, 2017, in Kirkersville, Ohio, after its new chief was shot by an armed gunman. Two workers at nearby Pine Kirk Care Center also were killed. The gunman was found dead inside the center. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — 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 car, a coroner said Monday.

Steven Eric Disario, chief of the Kirkersville police department, was killed in an alley outside the Pine Kirk Care Center, according to the Licking County coroner.

Disario, 38, had only been on the job about three weeks when he went to the nursing home investigating a report of a man with a gun.

The coroner said that inside the nursing home, 46-year-old nurse Marlina Medrano was killed at the nursing station and died of multiple gunshots from both a handgun and shotgun. She had a relationship with the gunman, Thomas Hartless, authorities said.

Also killed inside the nursing home was 48-year-old nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz, who died in a hallway from a shotgun wound, the coroner said.

Hartless, 43, killed himself by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun, the coroner said.

Some of the nursing home’s 23 residents barricaded themselves during the shooting, but none of them was injured.

Investigators say the gunman briefly held two passers-by hostage before the police chief arrived. Those individuals ran off when the chief was shot and weren’t injured.

The killings happened Friday in Kirkersville, about 25 miles (39 kilometers) east of Columbus.

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