Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

OH chief died exiting vehicle at nursing home shooting

OH chief died exiting vehicle at nursing home shooting

Investigators say gunman Thomas Hartless, 43, killed himself after the slayings Friday at the Pine Kirk Care Center, a small nursing home in Kirkersville, about 25 miles east of Columbus. Nurse Marlina Medrano, who had previously sought protective orders against Hartless in connection with domestic violence cases, was shot multiple times with a handgun and a shotgun.

Search warrants were also executed on two vehicles used by Hartless and at Medrano's residence, where Hartless had stayed just eight days before the shooting. reported Tuesday that Medrano went to police May 5 to report that Hartless had beaten her twice more and that she feared for her life.

Chief DiSario and Krantz were each killed by a shotgun at the Kirkersville nursing home, according to the newspaper. Nurse's aide Cindy Krantz was killed with a shotgun. Hartless was convicted of assault in the incident that led to that protection order.

The judge presiding over the case has acknowledged that "mistakes were made" and said he will review how similar cases are handled in the future.

"I am not trying to validate why he acted the way he did", she wrote. "I simply want it to be known that there are more variables involved in the equation".

The family of a 48-year-old mom of five children is in mourning this Mother's Day weekend, after her slaying at the OH nursing home where she was a nurse's aide.

Funerals have been scheduled Friday for Medrano and Saturday for DiSario.

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