Records show vi­o­lent his­tory for nurs­ing home gun­man

The Progress-Index Weekend - - NATION & WORLD -

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio — Court records show 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.

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.

State and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing and they had no new in­for­ma­tion to re­lease on the deaths in the vil­lage of some 500 res­i­dents, roughly 25 miles (39 kilo­me­ters) east of Colum­bus.

Spokes­woman Jill Del Greco, of the Ohio at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had more in­ter­views planned and learn­ing more about the con­nec­tion be­tween Hart­less and Me­drano is part of their ef­forts. Au­thor­i­ties have said they had been in a re­la­tion­ship.

Records show Me­drano had ob­tained civil pro­tec­tion or­ders against Hart­less. Hart­less was re­leased from jail in April af­ter his lat­est do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in March. State prison records show he served eight months in 2010 for the 2009 ab­duc­tion of an­other woman.

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