4 suspended in early release of man in deadly Kirkersville shootings

Thomas Hartless, 43, has been identified by law enforcement as the suspect that killed three people, including a police chief, in Kirkersville Friday.

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) – Four county workers in Ohio are being suspended for the early release of a domestic violence suspect who later killed three people, including a small town police chief.

The suspensions announced Friday come after a review of how 43-year-old Thomas Hartless got out of jail in April.

A month later, on May 12, he fatally shot the police chief in Kirkersville near Columbus and his ex-girlfriend and her co-worker at a nursing home before killing himself.

The Licking County Municipal Court says two probation department employees have been suspended three weeks without pay while two others got two-week suspensions.

The court says one of the employees failed to completely review the court files involving Hartless and made an unsupported recommendation for his early release.

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