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4 killed including police chief at Ohio nursing home shooting

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Kirkersville, OHIO (FOX19 NOW) -

A gunman on Friday shot and killed an Ohio police chief, a father of six and a baby on the way, on his second week on the job before entering a nursing home and killing two employees in a village east of Columbus, authorities say.

Police say the gunman was found dead in the nursing home in Kirkersville. It is unclear if the gunman turned his firearm against themselves, but police did not fire shots.

Police have not released details on the motive for the shooting.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steve Disario, 36, responded to a report of a man armed with a gun. Police say he pursued the gunman in an ally behind the nursing home just before 8 a.m.

Investigators say Disario was gunned down. By the time more police arrived on scene, the gunman and two nursing home workers were dead. The 23 residents barricaded themselves and were uninjured.

Before the officer was killed, the gunman had already taken two hostages. After shots were fired, the hostages escaped unharmed, according to Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp.

Gov. John Kasich ordered flags down at half-staff in Licking County and the Statehouse.

"Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy," the Republican governor tweeted.

The employees shot and killed and the gunman’s identities have not been released.

FOX19 NOW will update this story as more information becomes available.

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